Certainly not. The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, has not been seen since the last known animal died in captivity in 1936 Torsten Blackwood
The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, is a sort of mythical creature in Australian folklore. The last documented animal - Benjamin - is died in captivity in 1936, but over the next 85 years sightings of tigers were regularly reportedin Tasmania, an island off the south coast of Australia. Claims are a constant feature in the local press, but there is a bold new statement suggesting "unambiguous" evidence for thylacine.
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, Neil Waters, chairman of the Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia, claims to have rediscovered thylacine on a camera trap set up in the north. eastern Tasmania. "I know what they are, as well as a few independent expert witnesses," he said, walking down the street with a can of beer in his hand.
Flipping through images from his SD card, Waters claims to have seen not only a thylacine, but a whole family. You can see the entire video below. Science
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"We think the first image ismom, we know the second picture is the baby because he's so small and the third picture ... it's the father, "Waters said." The baby has stripes, "he notes. he, among a litany of other features he provides as evidence. According to Waters, the images were sent to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Waters states in the video that he handed the images to Nick Mooney, a thylacine expert, at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). A TMAG spokesperson said Mooney had now reviewed and assessed Mr. Waters' material on Tuesday afternoon local time .
"Nick Mooney concluded that, based on the physical characteristics presented in the photos provided by Mr. Waters, the animals are very unlikely to be thylacines, and most likely are thylacines. Tasmanian pademelons, "TMAG told.
A pademelon is a small, wallaby-like marsupial, with very little hair on the tail.
WeWe contacted Waters for comments.
Without confirmed observation since 1936, it 's difficult to take claims like this at face value. The tiger was known to be a calm and lonely creature, but in 2021, with the abundance of smartphone cameras and less and less places to hide, what has the tiger been doing all these years? Waters claims in the video that the group is showing tigers to breed, but further examination is now underway.
The Tasmanian government's Department of Parks, Water and Environment believes that any type of group would likely suffer from inbreeding, making long-term survival untenable. "Even if there were still a few individuals, it is unlikely that such a tiny population would be able to maintain it writes .
"No one can properly watch a video and say that 'is definitely a thylacine, without any DNA evidence " says Andrew Pask, a marsupial evolutionary biologist at the University of Melbourne. "We've got to have a hair sample, a poop sample, something that can confirm that. "
Pask studied how thylacine is genetically similar to wolves and dogs at the University of Melbourne. " No one wants to believe they're more out there than me, no ? "Pask laughs.
In Australia, there have been calls to resuscitate extinct creatures for over two decades . In 1999, Pale Ontologist Michael Archer took over the management of the Australian Museum and aePledged around $ 57 million in a project that could clone the iconic marsupial from ancient specimens.