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Forelimb Bones Predicts Predator Style
2014-06-30 03:56:27

By David Orenstein, Brown University At the start of their research, paleobiologists Christine Janis and Borja Figueirido simply wanted to determine the hunting style of an extinct marsupial called Thylacine (also known as the "marsupial wolf" or the "Tasmanian tiger"). In the end, the Australian relic, which has a very dog-like head but with both cat- and dog-like features in the skeleton, proved to be uniquely unspecialized, but what emerged from the effort is a new classification system...

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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...

2013-03-13 15:52:17

When, how and why modern humans first stood up and walked on two legs is considered to be one of the greatest missing links in our evolutionary history. Scientists have gone to the far ends of the earth — and the wonderful creatures in it - to look for answers to why we walk the way we walk. In the latest such search, researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa) have taken a closer look at bipedal kangaroos and wallabies and how they move...

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...

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...

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...

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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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2010-09-29 12:45:00

A recently publsihed study reports that over a third of mammal species considered extinct or missing have been rediscovered, and a lot of effort is wasted in trying to find species that have no chance of being found again. According to the United Nations, species face an accelerated rate of extinction because of pollution, climate change, habitat loss and hunting, and that this rate of loss is putting ecosystems and economies at even greater risk. Researchers at the University of Queensland...

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2009-05-22 08:20:00

Australia's famed Tasmanian devil has been labeled endangered due to an infectious and lethal cancer, the government announced. Devil facial tumor disease exterminates the animals in three short months by spreading all over their faces and mouths, stopping them from eating. "This disease has led to the decline of about 70 percent of the Tasmanian devil population since the disease was first reported in 1996," Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced in a statement. "Strong action is being...


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2006-12-12 12:50:21

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is a large carnivorous marsupial native to Australia, which is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf, Marsupial Wolf, and the Tassie (or Tazzy) Tiger or simply the Tiger. It was the only member of its genus, Thylacinidae, although a number of related species have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early Miocene. The Thylacine was extinct on the Australian mainland...

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