Not the answer they were looking for: No thylacine to be seen

Suspected tassie tiger skull was a dog’s – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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.

Tip: @Tribalscientist (Mike McRae) on Twitter

Good luck with that, kids. Keep fishing ’til you get the answer you want. *sigh*

  2 comments for “Not the answer they were looking for: No thylacine to be seen

  1. Massachusetts
    January 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Though it’s unlikely that the museum is in error, a second opinion isn’t necessarily an unwarranted move. We don’t know how well versed these experts are in thylacine anatomy.

    And among all the cryptids, the thylacine, a recently extinct creature, seems like the most likely to still be out there in the wilderness.

  2. Massachusetts
    January 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Hey, there are some people who believe the giant monitor lizards of Australia are still around!

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