Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Thylacine Video

Below the fold is video from 1933 of the last Tasmanian tiger, the thylacine. Thylacines, now extinct, were carnivorous marsupials that inhabited Tasmania until they were wiped out by a human campaign of extermination that lasted through the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries, although thylacines were never a threat to anyone. You can learn more about them at the Thylacine Museum.


  1. #1 cephyn
    February 24, 2007

    Such a fascinating creature – reminiscent of a canine, but that jaw…creepy!

    One of the most miserably sad losses on earth.

  2. #2 Library Diva
    February 24, 2007

    How sad. The last survivors always make me so sad. I read a book about giant tortoises last winter, and they talked about the very last Pima (I think) tortoise, Lonesome George, the sole survivor of his kind. They found him in th 60s or 70s and still haven’t found another. They tried to get him to mate to the next closest species but it hasn’t gone anywhere. They think maybe he’s too old. I feel very sorry for him, and wonder if he knows.

  3. #3 tigre
    December 16, 2007

    hello yes i appreciate you people and everyone who cares about thylacines . In Australia there’s still a lot of bush and scrub with some trees but it’s Desert for over half of the way from coast to coast.
    Tasmania is one place where it rains and has green tall forests where thylacines were able to hide but the bounty reward scheme paid income to trappers and the skins were valuable. It’s fair to say, the fur trade has caused many species to be ‘consumed’. Even today poaching is causing extinctions.
    A documentary in Nepal, for example, shows some of the markets sell endangered snow-leopards’ skins. Popular for the prized colour of the furs due to the local demand for their products. Yet the species is protected by laws.

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