Good thread, bad program. I have seen Prehistoric predators, and although the Smilodon episode was accurate, the Short Faced Bear and Dire Wolf episodes were way off the mark. History channel never was good at prehistory. They exaggerate, and tend to make claims with no evidence. I've been into paleontology since I was 2 and have been studying in it for over 10 years now. Here's me two cents
- Able to fight off much larger predators like the Saber Tooth cat and the Short-faced bear.
- Dominant killer in the ice age.
- Mostly hunted on Bison and Mammoth
Dire wolves were the underdogs of Ice age North America. Even in large packs they often lost prey too larger carnivores, especially the Giant Short Faced bear. This is most evident in nearly a quarter of all injuries found on Dire Wolf fossils match up with evidence of a bear attack.
They were anything BUT the alpha carnivore of the Ice Age
Lastly, there is absolutely zero evidence dire wolves predated on any species of mammoth or mastodon. Even the calves were just too big for them. The only predators any North American elephantine has was the giant Short Faced bear (who was a legitimate hunter, another victim of history channel's inaccuracy), Smilodon (calves only), and humans
The episode also neglects to state the dire "wolves's" relation. It continues to paint the false image that Dires are just over sized Gray Wolves; instead of stating the true fact that the dire "wolf" is really a Dire Coyote, as the American Coyote is it's closest living relative