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The Thylacine Myth

Two Tasmanian tigers in Hobart Zoo prior to 1921. Photographer unknown.

Two Tasmanian tigers in Hobart Zoo prior to 1921. Photographer unknown.

By Marie Attard & Stephen Wroe

A new study of the biomechanics of the Tasmanian tiger’s skull debunks the hysteria behind the campaign that led to its extinction.

Marie Attard is a postgraduate student studying the diet of Tasmanian tigers at the University of NSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, where Stephen Wroe is a Senior Research Fellow and the director of the Computational Biomechanics Research Group.

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