Genetics Company Wants To Bring Iconic Tasmanian Tiger Back From Extinction


Colossal Biosciences—the Dallas-based company attempting to revive the woolly mammoth—has announced that it has started working on the de-extinction of the thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger.

Tasmanian tigers, which were native to the Australian mainland, Tasmania and New Guinea, appeared around 4 million years ago and were the largest living carnivorous marsupial until the time of their extinction.

One of Australia’s most iconic species, the thylacine population declined dramatically on the mainland, likely as a result of hunting by humans and competition with the dingo, leading to its disappearance there at least 2,000 years ago, according to the Australian Museum.


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