81 years ago today – the 7th September 1936 – the last known thylacine died, committing its species, indeed its entire family, to extinction.
It was locked out of the indoor section of its enclosure at a zoo in Hobart, and in the overnight chill of the Tasmanian winter it died of exposure. All that now remains of the then largest marsupial carnivore is in museums.
In a sense it was lucky. (more…)