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2014-04-10 12:28:55

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.

Dingoes Wrongly Accused Of Animal Extinctions
2013-09-10 17:32:10

Scientists writing in the journal Ecology say that despite popular belief, the Australian dingo should not be blamed for mass extinctions

Tasmanian Devil Cancer Vaccine One Step Closer
2013-03-12 07:43:20

A contagious form of cancer has brought the Tasmanian devil to the edge of extinction, but new hope for the carnivorous marsupial could soon be on the way in the form of a vaccine.

Tasmanian Devils Should Be Less Aggressive To Survive
2012-09-05 10:13:25

A new study suggests that evolving to become less aggressive could be the key to saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction, because the less often a devil gets bitten, the more likely it is to become infected with the cancer.

Lack Of Genetic Diversity Put The Tasmanian Tiger In Danger
2012-04-19 10:26:38

While the Tasmanian tiger was being driven to extinction in the early 20th century by territorial interlopers and government bounties, the population of the bizarre marsupial also suffered from an extreme lack of genetic diversity.

Devil's Contagious Cancer Genome Sequenced
2012-02-17 05:48:15

The Tasmanian devil population is threatened to extinction with a highly contagious cancer. In order to understand the origins of the cancer, researchers have sequenced the complete genome of the cell and traced it back to what they are calling an ‘immortal’ female.

Culling Won’t Help Tasmanian Devil Populations
2011-10-05 08:45:59

Populations of Tasmanian devils in parts of Australia are suffering from Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) that has wiped out more than 90 percent of individual animals in some areas.

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2011-06-28 05:10:00

Modern conservationists approach on whole-genome analyses of two Tasmanian devils drives efforts to save the species from extinction, a study revealed on Monday.

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2011-05-04 09:45:00

The thylacine had the head and body of a dog, but its striped coat resembled a cat and it carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo.

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2010-09-16 11:08:12

A breakthrough has been made in the fight to save the Tasmanian devil from a cancer by mapping the species' genome for the first time, according to Australian scientists.


Latest Tasmanian Devil Reference Libraries

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2006-12-12 13:00:55

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), also referred to simply as 'the devil', is a carnivorous marsupial now found only in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The Tasmanian Devil is the only remaining member of the genus Sarcophilus. It is the size of a small dog, but stocky and muscular. The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It is distinct with its black fur coat. It has an offensive odor when stressed, and has an extremely loud and disturbing...

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