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Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Wednesday, January 5, 2005. 1:28pm (AEDT)

Tassie tiger fossil found in Kimberley
The sub-fossil jawbone of a Tasmanian tiger has been discovered during a
survey of mammals in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The jawbone, believed to be at least 2,000-years-old, was found in a
limestone cave in the Napier Ranges.
The Department of Conservation and Land Management says it is the second
bone of a Tasmanian tiger to be found in the same area - a thigh bone was
found in the 1970s.
Zoologist Norm McKenzie says the discovery confirms that the species
occurred in the far north-west of Australia before contracting back to a
Tasmanian population.
He says the find is significant but scientists are more concerned about
modern day extinctions from the area.
"It's fairly clear to us that the contraction in these mammals is continuing
today - areas in the central Kimberley which we thought was pretty secure
are using their native mammals currently and we would expect this extinction
front to continue into the high rainfall north-west Kimberley," he said.