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Earlier this year, Mr Mooney and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's director, Bill Bleathman, were shown two digital images, said to have been taken by a German touring Tasmania.
Mr Mooney hears of thylacine sightings "about 10 times a year" but both men agreed the snaps probably did show a partially obscured Tasmanian tiger. Neither, however, was willing to say the pictures were genuine.
Even this newspaper cannot say beyond a doubt that the pictures are of a live animal. The Herald and its sister paper, The Age, ran extensive tests on the pictures after being offered them three weeks ago. These included an examination by thylacine experts and an independent photographic specialist but the results did not conclusively show a live tiger, and we declined to buy the pictures.
The Australian Museum has dumped its much-publicised attempt to clone a tasmanian tiger, or thylacine.
The ambitious project was launched in 1999 by the museum's then-director, Professor Mike Archer. The plan was to clone a tasmanian tiger from DNA recovered from a thylacine pup which had been preserved in ethanol for 136 years.
Originally posted by anxietydisorder
There's a $3,000,000 reward out for proof it's not extinct.
Everyone grab a gun and hunt it down.
Originally posted by XerosI cropped it a bit.
90-year-old video of extinct thylacine colorized in stunning 4K scan
The end result is stunning. The thylacine pops against the drab, grey background of its enclosure, with mostly tan fur, lighter underbelly and, of course, the darker brown stripes along the back that earn it the Tasmanian tiger moniker. Poor Benjamin can be seen pacing around his cage, sitting, lying in the sun, yawning, and scratching.
It may be gone, but the thylacine continues to inspire wonder in scientists and the general public to this day. Intriguing but unverified sightings have been reported for decades, while genomic studies unravel the animal’s tragic history in more detail. Just last year, the NFSA discovered in its archives a long-lost video of Benjamin from 1935, believed to be the last clip ever taken before his – and his species' – death.