Dire wolves were the last of an ancient New World canid lineage.

@article{Perri2021DireWW,
  title={Dire wolves were the last of an ancient New World canid lineage.},
  author={Angela R. Perri and Kieren J. Mitchell and Alice Mouton and Sandra {\'A}lvarez-Carretero and Ardern Hulme-Beaman and James Haile and Alexandra Jamieson and Julie A Meachen and Audrey T. Lin and Blaine W. Schubert and Carly Ameen and Ekaterina E Antipina and Pere Bover and Selina Brace and Alberto Carmagnini and Christian Car{\o}e and Jos{\'e} Alfredo Samaniego Castruita and James C. Chatters and Keith M. Dobney and Mario dos Reis and Allowen Evin and Philippe Gaubert and Shyam Sunder Gopalakrishnan and Graham Gower and Holly Heiniger and Kristofer M. Helgen and Joshua D Kapp and Pavel A Kosintsev and Anna Linderholm and Andrew T. Ozga and Samantha Presslee and Alexander T. Salis and Nedda F Saremi and Colin J. Shew and Katherine Marie Skerry and Dmitry E Taranenko and Mary Thompson and Mikhail V. Sablin and Yaroslav V. Kuzmin and Matthew James Collins and Mikkel‐Holger S. Sinding and M. Thomas P. Gilbert and Anne C. Stone and Beth Shapiro and Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Robert K. Wayne and Greger Larson and Alan Cooper and Laurent Alain François Frantz},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2021}
}
Dire wolves are considered to be one of the most common and widespread large carnivores in Pleistocene America1, yet relatively little is known about their evolution or extinction. Here, to reconstruct the evolutionary history of dire wolves, we sequenced five genomes from sub-fossil remains dating from 13,000 to more than 50,000 years ago. Our results indicate that although they were similar morphologically to the extant grey wolf, dire wolves were a highly divergent lineage that split from… Expand
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