Scientists have reconstructed the brain architecture of the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger for the first time, revealing new information about its intelligence and social life.
An ancient fox-sized cousin of the Tasmanian tiger was a fearsome killer that hunted large prey, a study of a well preserved skull from Queensland's Riversleigh World Heritage Site suggests.
The factors involved in the historical decline of contemporary mammals need to be identified to guard against future biodiversity loss, argues Marie Attard.
The Tasmanian tiger was hunted to death for allegedly killing sheep, but in fact it had such weak jaws that its prey was probably as small as a possum, a new UNSW study has found.
The wily dingo out-competed the much larger marsupial thylacine by being better built anatomically to resist the "mechanical stresses" associated with killing large prey, according to a team led by UNSW scientists.