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Re: Re2: Thylacinids and dasyurids ???
On Sun, 29 Oct 1995 RaptorRKC@aol.com wrote:
> >Ping, no. Thank you for playing. The latest analyses show that thylacinids
> >are related to dasyurids which, as a group, maintain the primitive
> >condition of carnivory.
> What are Thylacinids and Dasyurids? Just wondering.
> Thanks in advance.
> Raptor RKC (Rachel Clark)
Thylacinids are large, carnivorous marsupials who exhibit convergent
evolution with the canids. They are short legged, with dark brown stripes
across the rump. The jaws may be opened to a 120 degree angle, and they
are tireless runners. The best known species of the group is Thylacinus
cynocephalus, the "Tasmanian Tiger", which supposedly died out in 1933 in
the wild, and 1936 in captivity. However, given the large number of
sightings since then, in both Tasmania and mainland Australia, it is very
likely that some still remain. (Hints of cryptozoology in the air?)
Dasyurids are smaller carnivores, often referred to as native cats. More
correctly known as quolls, the largest type grows up to 2 and a half feet
in length. They are often arboreal.Dasyurids also include the Tasmanian
devil, Sarcophilus harrisi.