Diagnosing a synchronous extinction

Lauren White, Frederik Saltre, Corey Bradshaw, Jeremy Austin

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Until the mid-20th century, the thylacine was the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, and its disappearance has left many questions and contradictions.

Alternately portrayed as a scourge and as a high value commodity, the thylacine’s ecology and behaviour were known only anecdotally. In recent years, its taxonomic position, ecology, behaviour and body size have all been re-examined scientifically, while advances in genetics have presented the potential for de-extinction.

With 78 contributors, Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger presents an evidence-based profile of the thylacine, examining its ecology, evolution, encounters with humans, persecution, assumed extinction and its appearance in fiction. The final chapters explore the future for this iconic species – a symbol of extinction but also hope.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThylacine:
Subtitle of host publicationThe History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger
EditorsBranden Holmes, Gareth Linnard
Place of PublicationClayton South, Victoria
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781486315543, 9781486315550
ISBN (Print)9781486315536
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • thylacine
  • Tasmanian devils
  • extinction
  • de-extinction
  • Evolution
  • taxonomy
  • behaviour


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