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Smithsonian Institution/colourised by D.S. Rovinsky

The Tasmanian tiger was hunted to extinction as a ‘large predator’ – but it was only half as heavy as we thought

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.
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 fresh perspective on Tasmania, a terrible and beautiful place

A new book connects disparate objects and texts to tell the story of Tasmania. It is an inspired enterprise.
Alb Quarrell holding his prized thylacine kill, 1921. Courtesty Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Why did the Tasmanian tiger go extinct?

Australia accounts for one-third of all contemporary mammal extinctions worldwide. At least ten species and six subspecies of Australian marsupials have become extinct following European settlement, and…
A Tasmanian tiger is strung up by its hind legs. AAP/Supplied

Dingoes may have wiped out Tasmanian tiger on mainland

Dingoes were twice the size of female thylacines and could have caused their extinction on mainland Australia through direct attacks, a new Sydney [study](…

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