Serious Wolves: First Of his name, the last of his kind. Yes, you read that correctly. According to new research published today Nature, Scientists have finally been able to sequence the DNA of terrifying wolves – and, to borrow a phrase from the 11 o’clock news, what they found may surprise you.
First of all, yes, terrible wolves are / were real. Different game of ThronesThe other famous creature, the dragons, roamed all over North America – more than 4,000 have been excavated from the La Brec Tar pits in Los Angeles alone. Terrible wolves went extinct about 13,000 years ago, and for a long time researchers believed Canis deras (Translation: “scary dog”) was a sister species to the gray wolf. The paper, being published today, states that this is not true at all. After analyzing DNA from five fossil remains, a team of 49 researchers have found that more than 6 million years ago isolated wolves from other wolves. They were, scientists discovered, different from other canine species, in contrast to the massive incest in the show that made them famous — they were not even capable of breeding with each other.
According to Angela Perry, an archaeologist at Durham University and the paper’s lead author, this is a lot more information than before. Serious Wolves had always been “an iconic representation of the last ice age in America and now a pop culture icon for Thanksgiving game of Thrones,“But information about them was limited which could be determined by the size and shape of their bones and teeth. “With the first ancient DNA analysis of this terrifying wolves,” she said in a statement, “we have revealed that the history of terrifying wolves we felt we knew — especially a close relationship with gray wolves — was actually earlier Is much more complex than the idea. “
Researchers found that the terrifying wolves actually had very different DNA, rather than the gray wolf being just some type of beef. They are similar to gray wolves as humans are chimpanzees. In other words, according to Perry’s co-head writer Kieren Mitchell of the University of Adelaide, “All our data point to a serious wolf being the last surviving member of an ancient lineage separated from all living cancers.”
The specificity may have been the cause of his downfall. Gray wolves and coyotes survived right from the Late Pleistocene era, and researchers believe they may have resulted in greater environmental or dietary resilience (if wolves died while wandering everything, they also died ). or It is possible that those other animals made it because they were able to “hybridize with other candies” 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 split into five genetically distinct lineages, perhaps thanks to humans breeding them for certain traits .) Despite, you don’t have such a reason. Your own direwolf has everything to do with environmental adaptation and has nothing to do with the fact that you are not a stark, or even a pretender to be stark, unless he Don’t know if he really is! The throne.
Now if only someone could do some research to find out what happened to the ancestors of Drogon, Rhaegle and the Vizierian.
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