Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dire Wolves are real! (Dragons, not so much)

Yes, dire wolves are real, or, at least, they were...
If you are a fan of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series of books by George R. R. Martin, or the more recent "Game of Thrones" tv series adapted from them, then you likely know about dire wolves: the overly large wolves that are portrayed as almost magical beasts and tremendous hunters.  Well, as it turns out, dire wolves did exist... and they could grow to about double the size of modern wolves.  Though it is believed they were better scavengers than hunters, eating the leftovers  (perhaps) of saber-toothed tiger kills.

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