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Incredible revelation: the Tasmanian tiger survived until 2000


The animal survived decades after the death (in 1936) of the supposed last specimen in a zoo. And there are even possibilities that there are some alive.

The Tasmanian tiger

may have survived

into the 1970s

and even later, according to a scientific study that confirms


of this elusive animal decades after the death

(in 1936) 

of the last alleged specimen in a zoo.

The last specimen filmed in 1933. A female that died on September 7, 1936 (Video capture).

Barry Brook, an environmental sustainability expert at the University of Tasmania and an author on the study questioning the extinction date of the Tasmanian tiger, suggests the possibility that "the extinction probably occurred within four decades of the last capture, it is say, between 1940 and 1970".

The author even considers the possibility that the animal

lived between the 1980s and the early 2000s

, and even "with a very small probability that it still persists in the remote wild areas of the south-west" of Tasmania, published this Monday in a statement by the University of Tasmania.

They seek to resuscitate him

This thesis questions the extinction date of the Tasmanian tiger (also known as thylacine) marked by the death on September 7, 1936 of

an elderly female

at the zoo in the Australian city of Hobart, on the southern island of Tasmania, and officially declared extinct in the 1980s.

The study (which will form part of the June issue of the journal

Science of the Total Environment)

 is based on

1,237 sightings

dating from 1910 to date and analysis of the geographic patterns of these reports in Tasmania, which has lush forests. remote areas that are difficult to access.

The female that died in 1936 (Video capture).

According to the document, the reports on possible sightings by experts and the general public were constant between 1937 and the 1970s, when they began to decrease remarkably until the present.

The Tasmanian tiger, which scientists

seek to "resurrect"

over the next decade through genetic engineering, was the subject of an intense hunting campaign between 1830 and 1909, encouraged by bounties, with the aim of wiping out this predator that ate the wild. cattle and that supposed their practical disappearance.

The last female

She died in 1936 in a zoo (Video Capture).

The thylacine, a marsupial with stripes across its back reminiscent of a tiger, once lived on mainland Australia and the island of New Guinea, although it disappeared from those places about 3,000 years ago due to climate change.

The island of Tasmania was

the only place where the species survived

, but its extinction accelerated with the arrival of Europeans in Oceania in the 18th century.

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