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Thylacine

The thylacine (/ˈθləsn/ THY-lə-seen, or /ˈθləsn/ THY-lə-syne, also /ˈθləsɪn/; Thylacinus cynocephalus) was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped lower back) or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea, it is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century. It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae; specimens of other members of the family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the late Oligocene.

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A fantastic book that teaches you not only about the Tasmanian Tiger but also about other Tasmanian wildlife and the authors travel through the Tasmanian wilderness in search of signs of the Tasmanian Tiger.

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