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Research uncovers surprising detail about the evolution of Tasmanian tigers – The New Daily

Research has revealed the skulls of baby Tasmanian tigers have more in common with wolf pups than other Australian marsupials.



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Tasmanian tigers and dogs last shared a common ancestor 160 million years ago, but new research has revealed the thylacine resembled its distant relative from birth.
Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Flinders University used micro-CT scanning and digital reconstructions to compare the skulls of Tasmanian tiger pups and wolf pups.
“The Tasmanian tiger in particular really captivated us, because it had a pouch, it was a marsupial, but it evolved to be very dog-like,” lead author Dr Axel…

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