Researchers recently confirmed through investigation that a museum in Tasmania, Australia, preserves the world’s last thylacine remains.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the female thylacine died at Hobart Zoo in 1936, and her remains were transported to the Tasmanian Museum, but their whereabouts were subsequently unknown. According to researchers, the museum once took animal skins and bones to various places for exhibitions, but due to inaccurate records of specimen information, it was not clear what the exhibits were. In fact, the unknown thylacine skin and bones have been kept in a cabinet in the museum. They have only been “identified” now. Fortunately, they are in good condition.
The thylacine is a marsupial with a dog-like body shape and a wolf-like head. It was once widely distributed on the Australian mainland and nearby islands. After European immigrants arrived in Australia, the species was severely affected by human activities and eventually became extinct. The above-mentioned researchers said that when the thylacine died, people had not realized that the species was extinct. The park even offered a reward for providing a new thylacine, but no one could do it.