Thylacines Had More In Common With Coyotes Than With Wolves


Thylacines may have lived more like coyotes than like wolves, suggests a recent study, which looked at the extinct marsupial predator’s body size as a clue about its now-abandoned role in Tasmania’s ecosystem.

Of all the animals that have gone extinct in the last century, thylacines may be among the most compelling. They looked like an impossible cross between a wolf and a small tiger, with striped hindquarters, long tails, and pointed ears.

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