Thylacines, also known as Tasmanian tigers, or Tasmanian wolves, are extinct carnivorous marsupials, the last of whom died in the Hobart zoo on the 7th of September, 1936. The closest living relatives are thought to be either the Tasmanian devil, or the numbat.
Thylacine family at zoo.
Because of the fact that they were decidedly extraordinary animals, they were hunted day and night for their fur or captured to be exhibited at the zoo, for these creatures were known to have jaws flexible enough that, as their main diet was primarily believed to be kangaroos, wombats and wallabies, they could swallow a small kangaroo joey.
Thylacine yawning. See degrees of jaw flexibility.
Thylacines’ main relations are numbats, dunnarts, wambengers and quolls (see the Study of Quolls, a former post).