from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See Tasmanian wolf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The carnivorous marsupial Thylacinus cynocephalus which was native to Tasmania, now extinct.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The zebra wolf. See under wolf.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native wild “dog,” “wolf,” “tiger,” or “hyena” of Tasmania, Thylacinus cynocephalus, the largest living carnivorous marsupial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
Print Extinct Australian thylacine hunted like a big cat The extinct Australian carnivore known as a thylacine was an ambush predator that could not outrun its prey over long distances, a new analysis shows.
This week's Animal Oddity is about a bizarre-looking species called a thylacine that was hunted to extinction based on what now seems to be a false assumption about its behavior.
I first ran across the thylacine aka “Tasmanian tiger” or “Tasmanian wolf” when I was preparing to teach a summer course on vertebrate zoology for a local Catholic college during grad school.
Canis dingo is a placental mammalian carnivore of doglike shape and size, whereas the thylacine was a marsupial mammalian carnivore of doglike shape and size, and maybe they were too similar for comfort.
I think about the folks of the International Society of Cryptozoology, an innocent group of impassioned hobbyists who like to travel and dream and make elaborately careful collections of anecdotal evidence regarding improbable beasts, and among whom the thylacine is an icon.
By studying the bones of the thylacine, scientists from Brown University in the US were able to establish that the thylacine was a solitary, ambush-style predator - much like a cat.
The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, was a carnivorous marsupial that looked like a cross between a hyena and a tiger, complete with a smattering of stripes across its back.
Researchers now believe the Tasmanian tiger, also called the thylacine, went extinct in
Dog-like marsupial, also called the thylacine, went extinct in 1936
As a result, it wasn't long until the thylacine was completely exterminated in the wild.