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.
George Stubbs, ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ (1772), oil painting, detail of head.
Ashley Van Haeften/Wikimedia Commons
Kangaroos are a national icon, but Australian authors seem determined to kill them off.
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.
Alb Quarrell holding his prized thylacine kill, 1921.
Courtesty Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
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.
Dingoes were twice the size of female thylacines and could have caused their extinction on mainland Australia through direct…