thylacine

noun
thy·​la·​cine | \ˈthī-lə-ˌsīn \

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In his eyes, the ongoing mystery of the thylacine isn’t really about the animal at all. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 About 750 thylacine specimens are held in museums, and most are pelts or bones with little viable DNA. National Geographic, "Tasmanian Tiger Genome May Be First Step Toward De-Extinction," 11 Dec. 2017 The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was a wolf-size carnivorous marsupial once common across Australia. National Geographic, "Tasmanian Tiger Genome May Be First Step Toward De-Extinction," 11 Dec. 2017 The tiger, or thylacine, was the world’s largest marsupial carnivore. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Devil’s in the DNA: The Tasmanian Tiger’s Demise Is a Tale of Bad Genes," 11 Dec. 2017 As thylacine sightings grew rarer, authorities began to consider protecting the species. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beast," 19 Jan. 2017 Though the thylacine has been extinct now for 80 years, that hasn’t stopped enthusiasts from searching Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beast," 19 Jan. 2017 To make matters worse, humans have caused the extinction of several of the kangaroo's natural predators, such as the thylacine—a marsupial resembling a dog. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "To Save Australia’s Ecosystem, Ecologists Say Eat Kangaroos," 12 Sep. 2017 The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger, is believed to have gone extinct in 1936. Simon Worrall, National Geographic, "Dogs Have Feelings—Here's How We Know," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of thylacine

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thylacine

New Latin Thylacinus, genus of marsupials, from Greek thylakos sack, pouch

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