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{July 25, 2005}   What is a thylacine?
Thylacinus cynocephalus, which is the only recent genus and species of the marsupial family Thylacinidae, was apparently found only on the island of Tasmania within historic times.  Since the beginning of the European occupation, there have been many reports from the Australian mainland of sightings of animals bearing a close resemblance to the thylacine.  However, none of these reports have been positively confirmed as of yet (Ride 1970; Heuvelmans 1958).  During late Pleistocene and the early Holocene times, the genus is known to have been widespread across Australia and nearby New Guinea.  The most recent subfossilized remains from the Australian mainland date back to just over 3,000 years before present.  It is widely believed that the main reason for the disappearance of Thylacinus cynocephalus from mainland Australia is due to the introduction of the domestic dog by human immigrants from Asia.  This introduction may have taken place as much as 10,000 years ago, or possibly earlier (Archer 1974a; Partridge 1967).  These dogs formed feral populations which created ecological competition with the thylacine.  Until the arrival  of European settlers in  the 18th century, thylacines in Tasmania were quite safe because the feral Australian dog (dingo) had never become established there.
 

    Until recently, the thylacine was classified within the family Dasyuridae.  However, it now ranks as a unique marsupial family of its own, the Thylacinidae.  The family Thylacinidae is, however, generally considered to have descended from dasyurid stock.

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Unknown says:

Ahhhhhh so thats what I wrestled!



Creta says:

The tazzie tiger is very much the bigfoot of australia. People claim they\’re still around, but no one can prove it. I wouldn\’t want to meet one in a dark alley… even if Hollis was around to wrestle it.



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