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Tassie Tiger in Western Australia

Wed 05 Nov, 2008 11:48 pm

On a recent trip to Western Australia my wife and I visited Jewel Cave just outside of Augusta. The cave was discovered in 1951. In the bottom of the cave they found the skeletal remains of a Tasmanian Tiger which has be dated at 25,000 BP. I was intrigued!

It shows that I haven't read enough about WA, but it was the first time I had heard of the Thylacine in the west. Apparently there have been quite a few discoveries. Two skeletons in the North, and many more in caves in the south east. Even more fascinating, I discovered that there are rock painting in Kimberly and other regions that show that aborigines probably domesticated Thylacines some years before the introduction of dingoes (reference).

Indeed, fossil remains have been found right across Australia and in New Guinea (reference).

Re: Tassie Tiger in Western Australia

Thu 06 Nov, 2008 7:55 am

I grew up in Busselton, which is close to a small inland town called Nannup (you might have been there as well). We used to call it the "Nannup Tiger" and there would be reports of sightings every few years. Don't hear much about it anymore (although that might be becuase I'm living on the other side of the country!).

Re: Tassie Tiger in Western Australia

Thu 06 Nov, 2008 7:16 pm

There's one depicted in rock art in the Ovens region of NE Victoria dating back 7000 bp.

Re: Tassie Tiger in Western Australia

Tue 02 Dec, 2008 9:19 pm

Tasmanian devils were on Kangaroo island at one point so i guess the Continent must have been connected at some point. If i were a starving carnivore id go to tassie. Hell I just go there for fun. Who can blame em.
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