Smithsonian Institution/colourised by D.S. Rovinsky
The "Tasmanian tiger" was hunted to extinction based on its perceived size as a predator big enough to take sheep. But it seems this was just a tall tale, and the thylacine weighed just 16.7kg.
The Tasmanian tiger is among the best known of our extinct species, but researchers have now revealed the extent of the crisis.
TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
New research has revealed 100 plant and animal species have become extinct in the past two centuries – a far higher number than previously thought.
This pin cushion made from the jawbone of a thylacine won second prize in the handicraft section of the Glamorgan Show in 1900.
Courtesy Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
A new book connects disparate objects and texts to tell the story of Tasmania. It is an inspired enterprise.
Gone since 1936, and ailing since long before that.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The new Tasmanian tiger genome reveals some fascinating facts about this extinct marsupial, including why they were so similar to dogs, and how they were growing more vulnerable to genetic disease.
In 2012 scientists succeeded in filming for the first time ever a giant squid in its natural habitat.
Searching for animals thought to be extinct – or fictional – is difficult, painstaking and often disappointing. But new technology like drones offer hope of a boom in biological discovery.
Curiosity saved the butterfly.
Sometimes pure curiosity driven research can yield wondrous knowledge and practical benefits, as was the case with the large blue butterfly.
Hold on: before we bring dinosaurs back to life as in Jurassic World, we need to look at other extinct critters first.
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Jurassic World is opening in cinemas this Thursday and again raises the idea of resurrecting extinct creatures. But there's plenty of other contenders before we even think of recreating dinosaurs.
A dead dingo in 2013 (left) and a Tasmanian tiger, last seen in the wild in 1932.
Dingo photography by Aaron Greenville; a hunted thylacine in 1869, photographer unknown.
The last Tasmanian tiger died a lonely death in the Hobart Zoo in 1936, just 59 days after new state laws aimed at protecting it from extinction were passed in parliament. But the warning bells about its…
A Tasmanian tiger is strung up by its hind legs.
Dingoes were twice the size of female thylacines and could have caused their extinction on mainland Australia through direct…