For the custodians of the site, the sacramental practitioners, altering the usual ceremony may have constituted a final and desperate attempt to ensure the continued existence of the Thylacinus
Some people believe that the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (Thylacinus
cynocephalus), still exists in the wilds of Tasmania (Figure 1).
Another species, the Tasmanian wolf, or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), is extinct, having last been seen in 1936, though there are unconfirmed suggestions that it may survive.
This expert carrion feeder might well have fed on the remains of the larger animals caught by the thyalacine, or Tasmanian wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus), which is now extinct.
maculatus maculatus), and the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus laniarius) (see Werdelin 1987) in the Family Dasyuridae, and the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) in the Family Thylacinidae [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Uniformity in relative proportions among skull, axial skeleton, and limbs is maintained across the larger carnivorous marsupials (Keast 1982), and on skull dimensions Dasyurus, Sarcophilus, and Thylacinus group together, distinct from the families of eutherian carnivores (Werdelin 1986).
1) Canis lupus dingo Fragmented, data deficient (may be regarded as native) Thylacine Thylacinus
Extinct cynocephalus Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax Widespread, secure Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Widespread, secure Powerful Owl Ninox strenua Fragmented, vulnerable Lace Monitor Varanus varius Fragmented, endangered Table 2.
The first is a thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), represented by a partial molar in Spit 16.
Tachyglossus Thylacinus 1 2 3 1 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 1 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Total 1 1 1 Total burnt % burnt Dasyurus Small Spit spp.