Thylacine

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Thylacine

Video of the last Thylacine, made in 1933

Thylacine

Extinction

Thylacinus cynocephalus

Order of ClassifacationDomain; eukaryaKingdom; animaliaPhylum; chordataClass; mammaliaInterfraclass; marsupialiaOrder; dasyuromorphiaFamily; thylacinidaeGenus; thylacinusSpecies; cynocephalus

Benjamin (above), was the last known Thylacine and died in the Hobart zoo on September 7, 1936.

Thylacines were carnivorous marsupial animals. The Thylacine was also known as a Tasmanian Tiger. They once lived across Australia and New Guinea. At Riversleigh in north Queensland, scientists have discovered the fossil bones of thylacines that are at least 30 million years old.

Thylacines were hunted because farmers said they were killing sheep. The Tasmanian government gave money to farmers for each thylacine they killed. The last thylacine shot and killed was at Mawbanna, Tasmania, in 1930, by farmer Wilfred Batty. The government brought in laws to protect them a few months before the last one died. They are now categorized extinct, though there have recently been sightings of the thylacines in south Tazmania


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