Thylacine - extinct species cloning project dropped and restarted

ThylacineThe extinct species Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is also called Tasmanian Wolf or Tasmanian Tiger. Its extinction in the wild (1932) was caused by the introduction of dogs, and by people actively hunting the animal. The last living Thylacine was Benjamin in the Hobart zoo in Australia in 1936. I found a short black and white clip of him on google video. Watch here. There also has been a lot of debate on whether and how to clone the thylacine. There has been a group of researchers that started the project, but after they saw that the quality of the extracted DNA was too poor, they aborted their mission (source). In may of this year, the University of NSW's Dean of Science Mike Archer said the work was being picked up by a group of interested universities and a research institute (source)

Keywords: white , pouch

The Tasmanian tiger, tasmanian wolf, thylacine is listed as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


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