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Tasmanian Tiger Extinction Mystery
Science Daily/University of Adelaide ^ | June 26, 2007

Posted on 06/27/2007 7:10:02 AM PDT by presidio9

A University of Adelaide project led by zoologist Dr Jeremy Austin is investigating whether the world-fabled Tasmanian Tiger may have survived beyond its reported extinction in the late 1930s.

Dr Austin from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is extracting ancient DNA from animal droppings found in Tasmania in the late 1950s and ‘60s, which have been preserved in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

“The scats (droppings) were found by Eric Guiler, Australia’s last real thylacine expert, who said he thought it more probable they came from the Tasmanian Tiger rather than a dog, Tasmanian Devil or quoll,” Dr Austin said.

The Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was widespread in Tasmania when European settlers arrived in 1803. Resembling a large, long dog with stripes, a heavy stiff tail and big head, the thylacine was the world’s largest marsupial carnivore at the time of its extinction in 1936 when the last one in captivity died in Hobart Zoo.

“If we find thylacine DNA from the 1950s scats it will be significant,” Dr Austin said. “The last Tasmanian Tiger killed in the wild was in 1918, so there’s a 20-year gap between a wild sighting and one in captivity. It’s a long shot that they were still around in the 1950s, but we can’t rule it out at this stage.”

Dr Austin is also extracting DNA from bones of both the Tasmanian Tiger and Tasmanian Devil found on mainland Australia. Scientists believe the Tiger lived on the mainland 2000 years ago and the Devil 500 years ago.

“The DNA may be able to reveal they were different species to the Tasmanian animals, although it’s unlikely. It’s only been 10,000 years since Bass Strait flooded and Tasmania was separated from the mainland. That’s not a long period of time in evolutionary terms.

“The main reason people think they may have been different species is that the Tasmanian Tiger was much bigger than its mainland cousins. That’s not surprising given the climate because the colder the environment, the larger the animal.”

Dr Austin is working in collaboration with Oliver Berry from the University of Western Australia, another zoologist who is extracting ancient DNA from scats in Tasmania to find evidence of foxes.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cryptozoology; godsgravesglyphs; tasmaniantiger; thylacine

1 posted on 06/27/2007 7:10:07 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Pictures ?


2 posted on 06/27/2007 7:14:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; pcottraux

3 posted on 06/27/2007 7:15:52 AM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Hey, what can I say. They were delicious!


4 posted on 06/27/2007 7:26:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: presidio9
Dr.Euslis Flowerfinger, Phd., is of a contrarian opinion.
If a paper presented to the Northumberland Journal of Feral Feline Droppings, in March(’07) Dr.Flowerfinger felt the the “scats of the Cats” were Al Gore droppings, based on quantity, size and foulness.
“The prior examples we have of the Gore examplars are exact in nature to the Taz samples, and ANYONE who has listened to Mr.Gore (on purpose)will attest to the foulness, AND the definite rise in felt temperature.
“In essence, I feel that Mr.Gore is the probable cause of Global warming, if it exists.”

The “Finger” as he is known to his contemporaries, was of the further opinion that Gore/bore is certainly no tiger, and closer to a "Buffalo Giganticus”, a species who produce copious amounts of excrement, particular in the area of the United States known at DC. A particularly productive sub-species is the “Bufoonis Kennedy”, also known for drowning it’s mates.

5 posted on 06/27/2007 7:27:26 AM PDT by Gideon T. Reader (DEMOCRATS: Not quite American. PALESTINIANS: A proud history of mindless violence since 1964.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gCov0PXkVo

I’ve always been amazed by their huge mouths. At the end of the clip he opens it wide; it’s amazing.


6 posted on 06/27/2007 7:27:34 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: I still care

7 posted on 06/27/2007 7:30:06 AM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

OK, Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwOMoC40q6k


8 posted on 06/27/2007 7:34:02 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: presidio9; Angelas; Idisarthur; Hegemony Cricket; A knight without armor; new cruelty; SunkenCiv; ..

9 posted on 06/27/2007 12:17:04 PM PDT by pcottraux (Fred Thompson pronounces it "P. Coe-troe"...in 2008.)
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To: presidio9
This is good to see. My main reason for an interest in cryptozoology is the Thylacine. Deep down I know it’s wishful thinking...but damn it would be a nice surprise to find them still around.
10 posted on 06/27/2007 12:31:09 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Too damn mad for a tag line!)
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To: Artemis Webb

But you must admit that finding a Bigfoot would be almost as good.


11 posted on 06/27/2007 2:36:09 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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Thanks pcottraux.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1788641/posts?page=17#17

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf043/sf043p08.htm

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf046/sf046p10.htm

http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf069/sf069b06.htm


12 posted on 06/27/2007 10:30:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated June 27, 2007.)
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