Scary wolves: first in their name, the last of its kind. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a new study published today in Nature, scientists have finally managed to make a DNA sequence of horrible wolves – and if you borrow a phrase from the 11 o’clock news, what they found may surprise you.
First, yes, the horrible wolves are / were real. Unlike Game of Thrones“Other famous creatures, dragons, have roamed all over North America – more than 4,000 have been dug by the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles alone. Black wolves disappeared about 13,000 years ago, and researchers have long believed that The dog darkens (translation: “scary dog”
According to Angela Perry, an archaeologist at the University of Durham and lead author of the article, this is much more information than anyone has had before. The Terrible Wolves “have always been an iconic representation of the last ice age in America and are now an icon of pop culture thanks to Game of Thrones,But information about them was limited to what could be determined by the size and shape of their bones and teeth. “With this first ancient DNA analysis of horrible wolves,” she said in a statement, “we discovered that the story of the horrible wolves we thought we knew – especially the close connection to gray wolves – is actually much more complicated than previously thought.”
What the researchers found was that instead of just being some improved gray wolf, horrible wolves actually have very distinct DNA. They are almost as similar to gray wolves as chimpanzees. In other words, according to Perry co-author Kiren Mitchell of the University of Adelaide, “all our data show that the terrible wolf is the last surviving member of an ancient lineage other than all living canine teeth.”
This uniqueness may have been their downfall. Gray wolves and coyotes survived well into the late Pleistocene, and researchers believe this could be due to their greater flexibility in the environment or diet (if everything wolves eat is fed, they die too) Or it is possible that these other animals did so because they were able to “hybridize with other canids” like dogs, gaining new immunity along the way. (Last year, a separate research team found that domesticated dogs separated from wolves about 11,000 years ago and are divided into five genetically distinct lines, probably thanks to the people who keep them in certain traits.) However, the reason you don’t have your horrible wolf has everything to do with adapting to the environment and nothing to do with the fact that you’re not a stark or even a bastard doing stark until he realizes he’s actually … heir to the Iron Throne.
Now, if anyone could do some research to find out what happened to the ancestors of Drogon, Reigal and Viserion.
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