dire wolf


Definition of dire wolf

: a large extinct wolflike mammal (Canis dirus) known from Pleistocene deposits of North America

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Recent Examples on the Web Perri and her colleagues also recovered proteins from the collagen of a La Brea dire wolf, which supported the split between the species. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021 But hunting down the DNA of the mysterious dire wolf is no easy task. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 21 Jan. 2021 In the new study, researchers scoured North America trying to extract genetic samples from dozens of dire wolf remains at universities and museums. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021 The last common ancestor of the gray wolf and dire wolf lived about 5.7 million years ago, the researchers reported. Star Tribune, 28 Jan. 2021 The researchers sequenced the DNA of five dire wolf fossils from the U.S., marking the first time DNA from dire wolves had been taken and studied. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 16 Jan. 2021 To reveal the dire wolf’s true evolutionary identity, researchers extracted DNA from five fossils between 13,000 and 50,000 years old and sequenced their genomes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Jan. 2021 For the first time, experts sequenced DNA from five dire wolf fossils, which were found in Wyoming, Idaho, Ohio and Tennessee, respectively. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 14 Jan. 2021 Hundreds of dire wolf skulls line the walls of the California museum. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, 13 Jan. 2021

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Dire wolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dire%20wolf. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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