Is the thylacine really extinct?

11 April 2017

UQ vertebrate palaeoecologist Dr Gilbert Price investigates the extinction of Australia’s Pleistocene megafauna.

A flurry of media reports in the last week have asked: Is the thylacine really extinct?

The stories stem from a James Cook University media release where a couple of their researchers have plans to set-up a camera trap survey in North Queensland, in search of this enigmatic marsupial.

Thylacines, otherwise known as ‘Tasmanian tigers’ or ‘Marsupial wolves’, are thought to have suffered extinction on 7 September 1936.

That might sound like a very specific date to know when anything went extinct, and it is. But there’s quite a tragic story behind it.

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