Keyword: thylacine

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  • Could the Tasmanian tiger be hiding out in New Guinea?

    06/18/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    Mongobay.com ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jeremy Hance
    Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago. Sightings and reports of the elusive carnivorous marsupial, which was the top predator on the island, pop-up almost as frequently as those of Bigfoot in North America, but to date no definitive evidence has emerged of its survival. Yet, a noted cryptozoologist (one who searches for hidden animals), Dr. Karl Shuker, wrote recently that tiger hunters should perhaps turn their attention to a different island: New Guinea. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the...
  • Fascinating old photos

    05/01/2013 2:58:54 PM PDT · by gorush · 186 replies
    e-mail over the transom | 4/1/13 | who knows
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  • Bigger and brainier: did dingoes kill thylacines?

    05/15/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies
    Phys.org ^ | May 3, 2012
    A comparison of museum specimens has found that thylacines on mainland Australia were smaller than those that persisted into modern times in Tasmania, and significantly smaller than dingoes. The last known Tasmanian thylacine died in 1936. Measurements of the head size and thickness of limb bones of the semi-fossilised remains of thylacines and dingoes from caves in Western Australia have revealed that, on average, dingoes were larger than thylacines. “In particular, dingoes were almost twice as large as female thylacines, which were not much bigger than a fox,” says ecologist Dr Mike Letnic, an ARC Future Fellow in the UNSW...
  • Tasmanian Tiger No Match For Dingo

    09/05/2007 1:55:54 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 803+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-5-2007 | University of New South Wales
    Source: University of New South Wales Date: September 5, 2007 Tasmanian Tiger No Match For Dingo Science Daily — The wily dingo out-competed the much larger marsupial thylacine by being better built anatomically to resist the "mechanical stresses" associated with killing large prey, say Australian scientists. Despite being armed with a more powerful and efficient bite and having larger energy needs than the dingo, the thylacine was restricted to eating relatively small prey while the dingo's stronger head and neck anatomy allowed it to subdue large prey as well. Earlier studies had given ambiguous results regarding the size of prey...
  • Dog Doubts Over Tasmanian Tiger

    11/04/2003 11:20:08 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 324+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-4-2003 | Jonathan Amos
    Dog doubts over Tasmanian tiger By Jonathan Amos BBC News Online science staff TASMANIAN 'TIGER' * The thylacine was a large marsupial carnivore * It ranged widely from Papua New Guinea to Tasmania * Many scientists doubt cloning technology can bring it back The dingo it seems had an accomplice in driving the Tasmanian "tiger" off mainland Australia - human hunters. There appears little doubt the famous feral dog out-competed the tiger for food and helped push it back to its final island habitat 3,000 years ago. But researchers say changes in Aboriginal land use, population size and technology taking...
  • Scientists pledge to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger

    05/28/2002 7:23:33 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 581+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 05/29/2002 | James Meek
    Australian team has copied parts of DNA but faces huge odds A team of Australian scientists pledged yesterday to salve their country's conscience by bringing a cloned Tasmanian tiger back to the island where it was hunted to extinction more than 60 years ago. They announced that they had succeeded in copying small fragments of DNA from pickled tiger pups, suggesting that it might one day be possible to assemble the animal's entire set of genes and clone it back into existence. "We are now further ahead than any other project that has attempted anything remotely similar using extinct DNA,"...
  • Downfall of the Yarri

    01/27/2003 6:37:49 AM PST · by vannrox · 2 replies · 611+ views
    Forteantimes ^ | FR Post 1-25-03 | Darren Naish
    Downfall of the Yarri, or Will the real Thylacoleo please stand up? Darren Naish In 1926 A. S. le Souef and Harry Burrell included the ‘Striped marsupial cat’ in their influential popular volume The Wild Animals of Australasia. Concerning a cryptid reported from Australia and usually termed the Queensland tiger, their decision was significant as few cryptids have been regarded so sympathetically by non-cryptozoologists. This near-acceptance reflected both the apparent quality and consistency of eyewitness accounts as well as the long-standing academic interest there had been in the creature. First brought to attention by European Australians in the 1870s,...
  • Thylacine was always going to die off

    09/17/2007 1:35:11 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies · 359+ views
    The Sunday Tasmanian ^ | September 16, 2007 | MICHAEL STEDMAN
    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,
  • 'Sighting' Of Tasmanian Tiger Sparks L1.2m Bounty Hunt

    04/02/2005 5:47:25 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 1,473+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-4-2005 | Anna Gizowska
    'Sighting' of Tasmanian tiger sparks £1.2m bounty hunt By Anna Gizowska in Sydney (Filed: 03/04/2005) Officially, the last of their kind died out more than half a century ago, their downfall brought about because white settlers believed they had a voracious appetite for sheep. Now the Tasmanian tiger is once again the subject of a manhunt - this time to prove that the species still exists. The Tasmanian tiger was officially declared extinct in 1986 After dramatic claims by a German tourist to have seen one of the mysterious, meat-eating marsupials lurking deep in the Tasmanian wilderness, Australian magazines and...
  • Genetic secrets from Tassie tiger (new talk on bringing extinct thylacine back to life)

    01/15/2009 4:33:01 PM PST · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 3,152+ views
    BBC News ^ | Jonathan Amos
    Scientists have detailed a significant proportion of the genes found in the extinct Tasmanian "tiger". The international team extracted the hereditary information from the hair of preserved animal remains held in Swedish and US museums. The information has allowed scientists to confirm the tiger's evolutionary relationship to other marsupials. The study, reported in the journal Genome Research, may also give pointers as to why some animals die out. The two tigers examined had near-identical DNA, suggesting there was very little genetic diversity in the species when it went over the edge. I want to learn as much as I can...
  • Tasmanian Tiger Extinction Mystery

    06/27/2007 7:10:02 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 642+ views
    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...
  • THE BOOTLEG FILES: "FOOTAGE OF THE LAST THYLACINE"

    02/21/2007 9:43:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 1,062+ views
    Film Threat ^ | 2007-02-16 | Phil Hall
    This week’s column is somewhat different in that the focus is not on a long-lost motion picture classic or a bizarre bit of cult-worthy obscurity. Instead, the film in question is a brief ribbon of celluloid that provides the final glimpse of an animal that fell victim to years of brutal persecution and government-sponsored hunting. The film itself does not have a formal title, and it is called “Footage of the Last Thylacine” just for the sake of temporary identification. What was a thylacine? It looked like a canine, but it was actually a marsupial that was concentrated in Tasmania....
  • The Thylacine Debate - Is the Tasmanian Tiger Really Extinct?

    03/22/2006 1:53:25 PM PST · by pcottraux · 13 replies · 1,684+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 16 | Chani Blue
    The Thylacine Debate - Is the Tasmanian Tiger Really Extinct? By Chani Blue Epoch Times Australia Staff Mar 16, 2006 Despite hundreds of reported sightings of this elusive marsupial wild dog, the Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacinus Cynocephalus remains declared officially extinct, therefore has no protection for it's fragile and natural environment or in and of itself, until it's existence can be verified. The Tasmanian tiger lives in dry eucalypt forest, wetlands and grasslands in Tasmania. From indigenous fossil paintings, we can determine that it also lived in Papua New Guinea and main land Australia. Some remains discovered, date back to 2,200...
  • Another `thylacine' sighted

    01/10/2006 1:44:46 AM PST · by Tyche · 6 replies · 586+ views
    The Standard ^ | Jan 09, 2006 | Matt Neal
    A TASMANIAN tiger or thylacine ran across a road north of Colac about 12.50am last Monday, according to Warrion man Steven Bennett. Mr Bennett said he was driving between Cressy and Warrion when he spotted the animal, believed to have been extinct since 1936. ``It ran across the road in front of me (and) paused before it went into the bushes and long grass (on the side of the road),'' he said. The 24-year-old said the animal's stripes, tail and hind legs convinced him it was not a dog, feral cat or fox. A Tasmanian tiger ``is pretty much the...
  • Australian scientists plan to clone extinct Tasmanian tiger

    05/17/2005 12:48:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 932+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 15, 2005
    Australian researchers are reviving a project to bring an extinct animal known as the Tasmanian tiger back from the dead through cloning. Three months after the Australian Museum shelved plans to clone the tiger -- also known as a thylacine -- a group of universities and a research institute are planning to revive the project, the Sun-Herald newspaper reported. Mike Archer, dean of science at the University of New South Wales, was quoted as saying that researchers from NSW and Victoria states were likely to join the programme, which involves recovering DNA from a pup preserved in 1866 to breed...