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Study:Humans killed off the thylacine


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#16    CrimsonKing

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:39 AM

View Postfreetoroam, on 02 February 2013 - 07:57 PM, said:

“Many people believe that bounty hunting alone could not have driven the thylacine extinct and therefore claim that an unknown disease epidemic must have been responsible,”

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To a certain extent they are right, but the deseased epidemic is known as  MAN.

Give it another 100 years, you will have lots more threads like this, as long as man does not kill himself first.

Always sucks to think we may have been completely responsible for the complete extinction of a species,you never know what nature is capable of on her own though.Devil facial tumour disease is eradication by nature of the devils and i hate to see it.Always liked those animals.Taz was my favorite as a kid hahaha

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

View Postthe L, on 01 February 2013 - 11:26 PM, said:

Natural selection at best.

How is it natural selection when there is a bounty on the animals?  It's closer to say genocide.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

Did we not already know this? What else did hunters try to blame the Thyacline's extinction on?

Thyaclines had managed so well for so long, man kind are the spanner in the works.


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

Saying disease played a part in extinction sounds to me like an excuse for irresponsibility and not wanting to fess up that humans were mainly the cause of extinction.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:55 AM

yea europeans are fruckers


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

What moron funded this study? Every Aussie knows this as a fact we wiped em out in about 50 years as a bounty to protection sheep farmers. what is the next study? Humans are responsible for wars? People find that a good rack is likely to lead to more funding of inane useless studies???


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

View Postcoolguy, on 03 February 2013 - 05:54 AM, said:

I can believe this people been killing off animals for millions of years
We have not been around for millions of years.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

Beautiful animal...   Would be nice to see one out in wild as a cryptid but little chance of that happening...


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

View Postcsspwns, on 04 February 2013 - 05:55 AM, said:

yea europeans are fruckers
Are you ok with  an african man murdering the elephants to sell the tusks to a Chinese man?
Fruckers are not just limited to one race.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

Shame on us. All of us.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

I have to admit, if you think about it, its not a big surprise that we wiped them out... Humanity is a plauge unto itself. Which itself is set for it own destruction.


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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:56 AM

i love thylacine, this is probably correct we also whiped out the dodos.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

Did we not already know this? What else did hunters try to blame the Thyacline's extinction on? Thyaclines had managed so well for so long, man kind are the spanner in the works.
Yeah... that was how I had also always understood it !


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:16 AM

Humans certainly are responsible given the bounty on the animals but disease could have also been a factor. It's possible that the introduction of placental mammals as unintentional prey items (like sheep, cats, rabbits, etc.) could have introduced diseases in an already dwindling population. Currently there is a contagious form of cancer that is killing of the Tasmanian Devils, who have taken the place of the Thylacine as top predator on the island.

There was some article I read on the web that said early settlers to Tasmania occasionally kept the Thylacine as a pet whenever they found a young one. They were said to combine some the best traits of both cats and dogs, and were good watch"dogs". It's a shame that we killed off both a beautiful and apparently useful companion animal.





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