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The Last Living Tasmanian Tiger’s Missing Remains Have Been Found

One of the driving forces in the competing quests to either find a living Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) or bring the species back via gene editing and cloning is the guilt humans feel over driving the animal to apparent extinction in 1936 with development and rampant hunting. As great as that guilt is today, it wasn’t enough to save the remains of the last known thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) which died in the Hobart Zoo on September 7, 1936. The female thylacine’s skin and skeleton were thought to have been sent after her death to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), but were soon reported missing … and had never been found. That changed this week when a pair of researchers finally discovered them … and you won’t believe where they were. Also, if you were under the impression that the last Tasmanian tiger was a male named Benjamin, they explained that too.

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