Re:Black Panther or Big Feral cat in Blue Mtns NSW

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Subject: Re:Black Panther or Big Feral cat in Blue Mtns NSW
From: "Paul Taylor" <>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 22:58:13 +1000
> On last Sunday's paper, they mentioned that there are 2 things out 
> there in the Blue Mountains. A big black thing (panther or big feral 
> cat) and a marsupial lion thing (thylacroa? species) - a very large 
> carnivorous marsupial with spots, maybe related to quolls and/or 
> Tasmanian Tigers!!!

I think you mean Thylacoleo - the so-called marsupial lion.  It went
extinct around 20,000 years ago; given that no trace of a living 
Thylacine has been found since the last captive specimen died, I'd be
very  surprised if a Thylacoleo had survived for 200 times as long
without leaving any trace.

For more information, see these web sites:  (Warning: this contains
   two large images of Thylacoleo skeletons that may take some time
   to download.)

   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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