‘GOT’ dire wolves far apart from other canines

PARIS (AFP) – Prehistoric dire wolves made famous by the TV series Game of Thrones prowled the Earth for thousands of years before being wiped out at the end of the Ice Age. Known as canis dirus – ‘fearsome dog’ – they hunted down and feasted on large mammals, so when species such as giant bison went extinct dire wolves lacked prey, contributing to their decline. More details in Monday’s  Borneo Bulletin.