Is the thylacine really extinct?

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Neil Fitzgerald
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Is the thylacine really extinct?

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:11 pm

Seems like a stretch, but it would be amazing if the Tasmanian tiger was still alive. Apparently there have been some credible sightings. ... 49399.html
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Re: Is the thylacine really extinct?

Postby David Riddell » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:04 am

Cape York (north-east Australian mainland) seems a strange place for a "Tasmanian" tiger to turn up, but there have been quite a few mainland thylacine reports over the years. I remember a photo from back in the 1980s from Western Australia, though the provenance of that was rather dubious - see ... ings_3.htm. There's quite an interesting one from Adelaide, with some poor quality video, at ... Go&cad=rja - the article talks about more footage to come from the Nannup area of Western Australia, but I can't find any subsequent mention of that. Nannup is apparently a hotspot for thylacine sightings however. There's a good review of thylacine mainland sightings at ... ings_1.htm, and Tasmanian sightings at ... ivor_1.htm. There's a paper on Western Australia sightings at ... les/90.pdf. I'm not sure what to make of these - some look like hoaxes (e.g. there's a CGI thylacine from the film The Hunter presented as a sighting on YouTube) or misidentifications, but some seem credible. I'll reserve judgement at this stage, but would love to see its continued survival confirmed by actual physical evidence.

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