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Thursday Bloggy Thunder

Arrived in the U.K. ready for Science Online London, starting tomorrow. In the meantime, many good new posts alighted on the network - check them out:- Jesse Bering - Listen Carefully: The Evolutionary Secret To Making a Hit Record - Kalliopi Monoyios - Do you prefer your maggots salty or sweet? - Bora Zivkovic - How To Become A Biologist and Best of August at A Blog Around The Clock - Lena Groeger - How where you live affects the life you prefer...

September 1, 2011 — Bora Zivkovic

Thylacine Hunted into Extinction for No Reason, Study Reveals

The thylacine ( Thylacinus cynocephalus ), better known as the Tasmanian tiger, has long been the poster child for human-caused extinction. Hunted out of existence by Australian farmers who feared that the striped, canine-like marsupials would kill their sheep, the last thylacine died in captivity in Hobart Zoo 75 years ago next week, on September 7, 1936 (although the species was not officially declared extinct until about 25 years ago).Now, just a few days before the annual observance of National Thylacine Day in Australia, a new study reveals that the predator was probably not a threat to sheep after all...

August 31, 2011 — John R. Platt
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