Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Tasmania

The island of Tasmania is unique in being the only landmass having a marsupial as the top predator. Until recently the marsupial Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger (Tasmanian Wolf) was the largest predator on the island, its last refuge, having gone extinct on the mainland thousands of years ago. Most scientists believe it is extinct on Tasmania also, the last definitely known specimen having died in a zoo in about the 1930s. There are still claims of sightings in the remote parts of Tasmania. If it is indeed extinct on Tasmania, the Tasmanian Devil, a smaller marsupial predator would be its successor at the top of the native Tasmanian food chain. Dingoes, which were introduced by the Aborigines to the mainland, never reached Tasmania.

See Tasmanian Aborigines

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