It seems that Australia’s thylacine, often known as the Tasmanian Tiger may have survived far longer than naturalists previously thought. The thylacine (a marsupial predator) was hunted to extinction in Tasmania. The last wild specimen is believed to have been killed in 1918. The last known captive thylacine died in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania in 1930.

But new research seems to suggest that wild thylacines survived well into the 1950s and 60s. Samples of faeces rumoured to be from a thylacine had been preserved in a Tasmanian museum.
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Scientists hope that DNA analysis will prove that the thylacine survived for longer than thought. It is especially encouraging evidence for the devoted cryptozoologists (who study new and rediscovered animals) who hope that the thylacine may have survived to the present day.

Every year there are numerous sightings of what witnesses believe to be living thylacines.