ruins Last Tasmanian TigerAustralia’s only predatory marsupial extinct in 1936found in a cupboard in a museum, 85 years after being declared missingInstitutional sources from the ocean country reported this Monday.
The last specimen of the Tylasin or Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) known He died in captivity at the zoo in Hobart, Australia, on September 7, 1936. His remains were later handed over to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
This specimen, an older female, was caught by a hunter in the Florentine Valley on the island of Tasmania, South Australia, and sold to Hobart Zoo, the capital of that region, in May 1936.
“For years, many curators and museum researchers searched for his remains, but without success.Since no thylacine material dated to 1936 was recorded in the zoological collection, it was assumed that her body was discarded,” researcher Robert Paddle said in a TMAG statement.
Paddle and Kathryn Medlock, who will publish their findings this week in the scientific journal ‘Australian Zoologist’, have discovered that Tasmanian Tiger remains arrived at TMAG in 1936 – although their arrival was not properly recorded by the museum’s taxidermists – thanks an important document that makes it possible to trace the remains of the animal.
The researchers also found that the remains of this extinct specimen (floating skin and skeleton) were used for traveling exhibits, and therefore they were kept in a locker in the education section of the museum.
“The leather was carefully tanned as a plain leather by the museum’s taxidermist William Cunningham, thus allowing it to be easily transported and used as an item. Demonstration example for school classes on Tasmanian marsupials”noted Medlock, curator of the vertebrate zoology division at TMAG.
The thylacine, a marsupial marsupial with tiger-like stripes on its back, once lived on the Australian mainland and on the island of New Guinea. It disappeared from these places about 3000 years ago due to climate change.
The island of Tasmania was the only place where the species survived, but its extinction accelerated with the arrival of Europeans in Oceania in the 18th century. Intense hunting campaign between 1830 and 1909revived with rewards for killing this cattle-eating predator.
Although the Tasmanian tigers went extinct 85 years ago when the last one died at the Hobart Zoo, the species was only officially declared extinct in the 1980s.
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