Dire Wolves Took Down Giant Sloths In Packs
With shorter limbs and more weight than other wolves, dire wolves were built to be heavy-hitting hunters. They probably traveled in packs, taking down prehistoric megafauna from giant ground sloths to glyptodonts. Thousands of dire wolf fossils have been retrieved from the La Brea Tar Pits in California.
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Dire wolves were hypercarnivores, which means that 70% of their diet was meat. (0:38)
Dire wolves were built much stouter than gray wolves, with anatomy that prioritized power over speed. (1:51)
The Dire Wolf Project is trying to breed dogs to mimic the appearance of extinct dire wolves. (3:18)