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Thylacine was always going to die off
The Sunday Tasmanian ^ | September 16, 2007 | MICHAEL STEDMAN

Posted on 09/17/2007 1:35:11 PM PDT by presidio9

THE long-held belief Tasmanian tigers killed livestock is being challenged.

Using advanced computer modelling, an Australian research team has found that, while strong-jawed, the thylacine would have had trouble killing and eating prey any larger than itself.

From about 1830 until 1909 the Tasmanian Government paid a 1-a-head bounty,

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cryptozoology; godsgravesglyphs; tasmaniantigers; thylacine; thylacines

DOOMED: The last tiger in captivity died in 1936.

1 posted on 09/17/2007 1:35:12 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: pcottraux

ping


2 posted on 09/17/2007 1:36:03 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Shoot, dogs can kill sheep. Easily. What size was this critter?


3 posted on 09/17/2007 1:38:58 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: presidio9

Critters have been going extinct since there have been critters.


4 posted on 09/17/2007 1:42:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Shoot, dogs can kill sheep. Easily. What size was this critter?

Precisely. This study obviously avoided asking a farmer/rancher any questions.

Even a 20 pound dog can kill a full grown sheep.

Also not noted, is that it is the lamb/calf/piglet that usually gets taken.

5 posted on 09/17/2007 1:43:14 PM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I think 24 inches at the shoulder, on average.


6 posted on 09/17/2007 1:43:38 PM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that so many self-proclaimed "Constitutionalists" know so little about the Constitution?)
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To: presidio9
Using advanced computer modeling could still mean GIGO!
7 posted on 09/17/2007 1:43:48 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: presidio9

Not to be steppin in the ongoing debate about the worth and character of pit bulls, but aren’t pits also a strong jawed sort of critter? Isn’t the problem that they readily do bring down “prey” much larger than themselves?

I’d like to see some evidence why they think Thylacine couldn’t do it..perhaps something with their legs, or musculature?


8 posted on 09/17/2007 2:00:33 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: presidio9; Angelas; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; new cruelty; SunkenCiv; ..

9 posted on 09/17/2007 2:01:41 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: Fire_on_High

There was a study released a few weeks ago that said dingos, while smaller, had much stronger jaws.


10 posted on 09/17/2007 2:05:28 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
If the Aussie had just imported a few Llamas, predation would have dropped precipitously without killing Thylacines. Guard Llamas
11 posted on 09/17/2007 2:05:36 PM PDT by CholeraJoe ("On the campus, the quiet campus, the lion burns tonight.")
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To: Fire_on_High

I may be mistaken but it seems that I’ve read that they had an unusual jaw structure. Apparently they could open their mouths much wider than normal. Almost unhinged like a snake.


12 posted on 09/17/2007 2:07:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Sure, he looks pretty tough, but he's just one man. I don't see how he could have helped. Plus, the last one died before he was even born.

13 posted on 09/17/2007 2:08:58 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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14 posted on 09/17/2007 2:11:09 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Full grown males were five feet long. What made them really odd was they were marsupials, they had pouches like kangaroos.


15 posted on 09/17/2007 2:26:47 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (RON PAUL: "It will be a little bit better now with the democrats now in charge of oversight ")
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To: presidio9
"Thylacine was always going to die off"

he just never got around to it until fairly recently...
16 posted on 09/17/2007 6:10:20 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (You can't seriously tell me you think we need more laws, or that we don't already have too many.)
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To: presidio9
Using advanced computer modelling, an Australian research team has found that, while strong-jawed, the thylacine would have had trouble killing and eating prey any larger than itself.

I'll bet using advanced computer modelling, half of these researchers couldn't find their @sses with both hands and the lights on.

If there was a bounty, I have no doubt there was good reason for it.
17 posted on 09/17/2007 6:58:33 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Have you developed your 2008 bug-out plan?)
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To: presidio9

The native humans of Tierra del Fuego were also rendered extinct because of a $1 per scalp bounty, despite the efforts of Jesuit priests to keep the last few alive. They had an uncanny ability to withstand the cold and could not stand to be near the Euopean’s fires on the beach where the sailors had to huddle to stay warm. What a horrible loss of specialized genes.

It is said they dipped each newborn into the fridged waters to see if it had what it takes, or died.

But someone will soon post a picture of this creature’s mouth wide open, and a full grown koala bear could fit in there.


18 posted on 09/17/2007 7:42:27 PM PDT by bukkdems (Polygamy requires that you get rid of extra young men. Jihad is the way.)
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To: presidio9
Using advanced computer modelling, an Australian research team has found that, while strong-jawed, the thylacine would have had trouble killing and eating prey any larger than itself.
...the team was unable to explain the sudden decline of a creature they've never seen or examined while alive... ;') Seems to me that the loss of A) prey species and B) exclusive predation of the prey species, plus the C) bounty on the creatures probably explains their disappearance. :'D I love computers, but I have my doubts that a computer model of a jaw is sufficiently accurate for a living creature which hunts to survive.
19 posted on 09/17/2007 9:58:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, September 12, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wideawake

24 inches at the shoulder is plenty big enough to take sheep.


20 posted on 09/18/2007 8:41:46 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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