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Did the thylacine survive beyond 1936?

Zoologist Dr Jeremy Austin of the University of Adelaide will extract DNA from animal droppings collected by Eric Guiler in the 1950s and 1960s - approximately twenty years after the accepted extinction date.

Dr Austin will also examine mainland thylacine and Tasmanian devil bone material to attempt to determine whether the Tasmanian populations are distinct species.

Working with Oliver Berry from the University of Western Australia, the pair will be searching for evidence of foxes in scats collected from Tasmania


Full article at University of Adelaide

Photo of Dr Jeremy Austin and a juvenile thylacine from the source article at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Jeremy Austin and a juvenile thylacine

Posted by: admin on 27th Jun 2007 01:53 AM
Updated by: admin on 27th Jun 2007 01:53 AM
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Re: Thylacine scats
Posted on: 2007-06-30 14:15:29   By: DougGreene
  Edited By: admin
On: 2007-07-02 21:19:12
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I hope this comes up with concrete evidence, though the statement that the Thylacine was last seen in the wild in 1918 is 12 years too early. Wilf Batty dispatched his in 1930.

I wonder whether "Tigerman" retained the scats depicted in his on-line book -- if so, they should certainly be tested. I am not persuaded however that "Tigerman" actually saw any Thylacines. He did not see stripes on the 2 he is so certain about, and I suspect that Thylacines without stripes are dogs.

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    Re: Thylacine scats
    Posted on: 2007-07-02 11:12:36   By: Anonymous
      Edited By: admin
    On: 2007-07-02 21:19:55
    I know - the 1918 date was a bit of a shocker - I just don't know where that date came from.

    Oh well.

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Another writeup
Posted on: 2007-07-03 18:23:06   By: admin
 
Check out one of the better writeups about the thylacine droppings (scats) story at Fox News.

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Tasmanian Tiger
Posted on: 2007-07-10 04:06:09   By: Anonymous
 
I KNOW that at least until mid 2003 the Tasmanian Tiger was alive. This was the same time I learned what they were! I stood approx. 20m from it, shone a spotlight on it for approx. 2 minutes, watched it seeming to 'stalk' a scent on the air, before I went to get my partner...
I had NEVER seen anything like it, and since researching what it could possibly be that I saw - I know I saw a Thylacine - an animal I knew nothing of until that evening.

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    Re: Tasmanian Tiger
    Posted on: 2007-07-10 12:17:28   By: DougGreene
     
    I'm sure "admin" will ask soon -- but where did you see the Thylacine? Tasmania or Australia proper? In either case, where more specifically? Time of day or night? Size of animal? How did it walk? Did it make any sound?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2007-07-15 22:50:18   By: Anonymous
 
I have all these details but where is this info best put - it's a bit lengthy!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2007-07-15 23:00:36   By: Anonymous
     
    Please contact me via the WLMD Contact Form on this site.

    Thank you.

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      Re: Re:
      Posted on: 2008-02-13 07:57:02   By: Anonymous
       
      A shame there was no reply on this one... it would have been an interesting story to follow up.

      Chris.

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