It is now 80 years and two days since Benjamin, the last extant thylacene, a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger, passed on, and with him another species went into the long night of extinction caused by homo sapiens. In case you were not aware of it, we are currently right in the middle of another great extinction event and we are the cause of it. Yes, this is the Holocene Extinction Event, it is still ongoing and we as a species are the cause and it is entirely our responsibility.
The thylacene is only one of the species we either hunted into extinction or wiped out by destroying the habitat.
Here is a rather depressing report:
Yet, there is hope. For one thing, there are several projects in the works, one focused on the thylacene, aiming to ressurect extinct species by cloning from tissue samples and other methods. It is still a bit early to say where this all leads but at least something is being done and scientific progress might yet lead to a re-enriched biosphere of earth.
I for one would love to see the thylacene making a comeback. Let us hope, the projects will end in success.