Brothers Levi and Jarom Triffitt said they found the skull by the side of a creek while riding in bushland around the Great Western Tiers in northern Tasmania on Friday.
But scientists who examined it at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum this morning wasted little time in identifying it as belonging to a dog.
Museum staff who examined the skull said it did resemble that of a thylacine, but said the inside of its mouth and nose showed distinct characteristics of a dog.
[The brothers] say they are not totally convinced, and are vowing to do their own research.
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Good luck with that, kids. Keep fishing ’til you get the answer you want. *sigh*