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CT scans reveal baby thylacines for first time

February 22, 2018 | Comment icon 2 comments



Tasmanian tigers went extinct several decades ago. Image Credit: Benjamin A. Sheppard
Scientists have used modern scanning techniques to discover what thylacine infants really looked like.
One of the best known examples of a species wiped out by human hunting practices, the thylacine was a distinctive carnivorous marsupial native to Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

The last known specimen held in captivity died at Hobart Zoo back in 1936 and while there have been fleeting sightings of the species since then, it has long been considered extinct.
Despite this however, the preservation of 13 thylacine infants, or joeys, has now provided scientists with a unique opportunity to learn more about the internal anatomy of these long-lost marsupials.

By taking CT scans of the specimens, Australian and Czech scientists have discovered that the infant thylacines did not develop in to their dog-like form until quite late in their development.

An animation showing the results of the scans can be viewed below.



Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (2)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by qxcontinuum 5 years ago
Very sad actually... 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Do they have enough material to clone them ? But would be harder with marsupial because the mother would see first hand that her baby is not the same species and probably will kill it. 


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