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Tasmanian wolf, 1840

Tasmanian wolf, 1840

C028/9588

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Tasmanian wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus), 19th-century illustration. Also called the thylacine, this species of marsupial is considered extinct. 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. 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. Fossils of the species have been found in New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania. This artwork shows the animal as far more delicately built than it was in life. At this point the animal was little known outside of Tasmania and illustrations of it varied widely. Artwork from 'Der Beutelhund' by Karl Joseph Brodtmann, from H. R. Schinz's famous work 'Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Menschen und der Saugethiere' (1840, Natural History and Images of Man and Mammals).

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