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Thylacine: The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian Tiger Hardcover – 1 Jun 2003

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865087580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865087580
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,863,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Owen is a successful writer, editor of the Austalian literary journal Island, and author of Tasmanian Devil. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 5 Dec. 2008
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This slim volume would appear to be a definative statement on the thylacine (tasmanian tiger)but not only covers the demise of the tiger it deals with thr history of the settlement of Tasmania from 1803 and the genocide of the 4000 Tasmanian aborigines the last of whom died in 1836.
The tiger found a haven, with no predators, when Tasmania broke of from Australia 12,000 years ago.
In the early 1800s it was estimated 5,000 tigers existed in Tasmania but myths, greed, bounties and stupidity lead to the last tiger dying in captivity in 1936 and being declared extinct in1986.
In the last two decades there have been numerous "sightings"in rural Tasmania but none have been confirmed.There is the possibility of revival of the tiger by cloning which is being actively pursued by scientists in Australia.
The text is excellent and the number of pictures impressive-the ones in colour are good but too many are black and white on matt paper which markedly affects the detail. The type size should have been bigger and the print darker.
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