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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...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Ecology say that despite popular belief, the Australian dingo should not be blamed for mass extinctions. Dingoes have been blamed for the extinctions of the Tasmanian tiger and the Tasmanian devil on the Australian mainland about 3,000 years ago. Instead, the scientists blame Aboriginal populations and a shift in climate. "Perhaps because the public perception of dingoes as 'sheep-killers' is so...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. It was less than two decades ago that scientists first discovered the ailment known as devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), which spreads from one mammal to another when they bite each other on the face during a fight, researchers from the University of...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials found on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is known for its muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and ferocity when feeding. That ferocity is causing the problem, and maybe the extinction of the animal. Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), a fatal infectious cancer spread by...

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, according to a study published this week in PLoS ONE. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, was as large as a medium-sized dog that roamed across both Australia and Tasmania and had no natural predators.  It was one of only two marsupials, along...

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

[ Watch the Video ] 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. Researchers hope by sequencing the genome they can find a way to help the Tasmanian devil. According to Elizabeth Murchison, a Tasmanian native working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in...

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. Because of this, the animals have been the subject of a culling, or a purposeful killing of a large number of the animals, with hopes of removing the cancer from the general population. Conservation biologists began the cull in 2004. However a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology confirms that the...

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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. Tasmanian devils are a type of marsupial found exclusively in the wild of the Australian island-state of Tasmania that currently are suffering from a contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). DFTD disfigures the victim and death comes from starvation or suffocation within months of infection. This unusual cancer...

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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. These enigmatic, iconic creatures of Australia and Tasmania have been given conflicting names such as the "marsupial wolf" and the "Tasmanian tiger." Researchers at Brown University may have discovered the answer as to what type of creature the extinct thylacine was. Bones of the thylacines, along with other dog-like and cat-like animals such as pumas,...

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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. The animals were declared endangered in 2009 after a contagious cancer began sweeping through the population, disfiguring their faces to the point where they were unable to eat. About 70 percent of the devils have already been lost to the disease. However, scientists who have been working around the clock to save the...


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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