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Mid Miocene Nimbacinus dicksoni
2014-04-10 12:28:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The biggest known carnivorous marsupial of the modern era – the Tasmanian tiger - or thylacine - went extinct in the early 20th century. Now, researchers have found that a distant, ancient relative of the thylacine was able to hunt down prey larger than itself, according to a new study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. Based solely on a recovered 16- to 11.5-million-year-old skull, the study team was able to create a virtual...

Tasmanian Tiger Extinct Because Of Humans, Not Disease
2013-02-01 09:55:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by researchers at the University of Adelaide concludes that humans alone may have been responsible for the extinction of Australia's iconic native predator, the Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine). The study, published in a recent issue of the Journal of Animal Ecology, used a new population modeling approach to contradict the widespread belief that disease must have been a factor in the thylacine's extinction. The Tasmanian...

Image 1 - Tasmanian Tiger Not To Blame For Killing Sheep
2011-09-01 08:06:14

  Hunted to extinction in the early twentieth century for allegedly being a killer of sheep, Australia´s iconic Thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped back, has been found not guilty in a new study published in the Zoological Society of London´s Journal of Zoology. “Our research has shown that its rather feeble jaw restricted it to catching smaller, more agile prey,” said lead author Marie Attard, of the University of New South...

2008-05-20 16:22:23

DNA from an extinct creature has been resurrected in a live animal for the first time. The genetic material, extracted from the extinct Tasmanian tiger, proved functional in mice. "As more and more species of animals become extinct, we are continuing to lose critical knowledge of gene function and their potential," said researcher Andrew Pask, a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Reviving genes from extinct animals can't bring them back to life, but it...

2008-05-20 09:05:00

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Texas, USA, have extracted genes from the extinct Tasmanian tiger (thylacine), inserted it into a mouse and observed a biological function "“ this is a world first for the use of the DNA of an extinct species to induce a functional response in another living organism.The results, published in the international scientific journal PLoS ONE this week, showed that the thylacine Col2a1 gene has a similar function...

Latest Dasyuromorphia Reference Libraries

2008-05-05 23:46:49

The Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart (Sminthopsis youngsoni), is a small carnivorous Australian marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It is a widespread and fairly common species, being found in many desert areas of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. The Lesser Hairy-footed Dunnart is distinguished from the very similar Hairy-footed Dunnart by its smaller size and less hairy soles. Photo Copyright and Credit

2008-05-05 23:43:38

The Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis), is a species of small carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It is found in wet or moist forest in the southeastern corner of Australia. The species is widely abundant, although it has been reduced in areas due to forest clearing, the instigation of plantations, harvesting, controlled burning and the introduction of the Cat and the Red Fox.. Despite these threats, there is no indication that the species is at all threatened. The Agile...

2008-05-04 23:09:18

The Slender-tailed Dunnart (Smithopsis murina), also known as the Common Dunnart in Australia, is a dasyurid marsupial closely related to the Tasmanian Devil. The Slender-tailed Dunnart is native to the east and south-east coast and interior of Australia, from the Cape York Peninsula to the Port Lincoln area of South Australia. There a 2 subspecies: S. m. murina is found throughout the distribution, and S. mu. tatei found between Townsville and Cairns in Queensland. This species is found at...

2008-05-04 23:04:25

The Fat-tailed Dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata), is a species of mouse-like marsupial of the Dasyuridae family, the family includes the Little Red Kaluta, quolls, and the Tasmanian Devil. Its range in Australia is in diverse habitats except for the Kimberley region of Western Australia and northern Territory like Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park, but avoids the Wannon and Mallee scrub habitats in Victoria. In the northeast of Victoria, the species can also be found in grassy woodlands...

2008-05-04 23:00:45

The Brown Antechinus (Antechinus stuartii), also known as Stuart's Antechinus and Macleay's Marsupial Mouse, is a species of small carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. The Brown Antechinus is found east of the Great Dividing Range in Australia, from southeastern Queensland to around Koloa, New South Wales. It is mostly found in forested habitats. The Brown Antechinus is mostly nocturnal and is arboreal, and females build large communal nests shared by many individuals. Like all...

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