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The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers

The thylacine, more popularly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was an apex predator in Australia and Tasmania before its extinction in the early 20th century.

Despite its superficial resemblance to a large dog, the thylacine was actually a marsupial, with no relation to canines — its doglike features emerged as it evolved to fill an ecological niche similar to wolves.

Instantly recognizable by its distinctive striped back, the thylacine also featured an abdominal pouch similar to a kangaroo’s.

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