Friday, August 28, 2015


The thylacine (Thylacinus Cynocephalus) was the largest carnivorous marsupial of modern times and is also called the Tasmanian tiger because of its stripes or the Tasmanian wolf because of its body shape. Native to the Australian mainland, Tasmania, and Papua New Guinea and is declared extinct in 1936. In 1930, Wilf Betty shot the last wild thylacine and the last captive one died in The Hobart zoo in September 7th 1936. Millions of years ago there were 5 species of thylacines and by 8,000,000 years ago, there were 3 species left and by 5,000,000 years ago, there was 1 kind left and by 4,00 years ago, the last thylacine on the mainland died out. It can still exist in the remote forests of Tasmania. European settlers thought they killed their sheep but the domestic dogs did it and some people still think the thylacines ate their sheep. And this picture of thylacines was taken in Washington DC in 1906. And thylacines only ate wild animals including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and birds. Marsupials aren't just found in Australia, they are also found in the Americas including the opossum, and the possum is the only marsupial native to the Americas. Marsupials used to live in Antarctica and then 50 million years ago, the climate changed and their habitat disappeared. When the continents split apart, Tasmania was actually a piece of Antarctica that escaped the big freeze and Australia and Antarctica were the last continents to separate. There have been sightings in mainland Australia and Tasmania. Its name in Spanish means "Marsupial Wolf". Lobo is the Spanish word for wolf.

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