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Tasmanian wolf, stuffed specimens

Tasmanian wolf, stuffed specimens

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TOM MCHUGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TOM MCHUGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Tasmanian wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus), stuffed museum specimens. Also called the thylacine, this is a species of marsupial that is considered extinct. Unrelated to the dog or wolf, the thylacine was about the size of a small wolf, making it the largest marsupial carnivore in recent times. The short, coarse hair was brown with black stripes across the back. Fossils of the species have been found in New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania, but it declined due to the introduction of dogs by man and through trapping by farmers. The last confirmed sighting in the wild was in Tasmania in 1933, and the last captive animal died in 1936. None have been found since, despite extensive searches.

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