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Pelt of a thylacine

The small size of this pelt (skin of a dead animal, with fur, wool or hair still attached) suggests this thylacine was probably a young adult when she died. The flaps of skin near her hindquarters are thought to be the remnants of a pouch.

The fur is soft, and the colour is strong, not faded. The pelt is almost complete, with foot bones and associated tissue. The pelt also shows evidence of the tanning process with a nail in the front left paw and tiny tack holes along the sides.


National Museum of Australia

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