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Australian DNA detectives reveal secrets of Game of Thrones wolves – Sydney Morning Herald

For the giant, aloof dire wolves, the real threat to their existence can be summed up by the phrase “Summer is coming”, according to new research published in Nature…

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Massive dire wolves prowl through the icy north of Westeros, in George R.R. Martins epic Game of Thrones. The near mythical creatures are the Stark family sigil in the epic saga, with five orphaned pups becoming deeply bonded with Ned Starks five children.
Its the stuff of legends but hundreds of thousands of years before becoming a pop culture icon, dire wolves were formidable ice age predators. Twice the size of a German shepherd, with teeth specialised for tearing meat, they hunted bison, horses…

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