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Preserved wet specimen of a whole skinned Thylacine

1984.0010.0714

Preserved wet specimen of a whole skinned Thylacine

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Description

There is no information on how or where this specimen of a skinned Thylacine was collected, but the last well-documented capture of a wild thylacine was in September 1930. The specimen found its way into the collection of the Australian Institute of Anatomy and was transferred to the National Museum of Australia in 1984. The specimen was never prepared as a biological display specimen. The roughly skinned carcass appears to be missing at least some of its internal organs. However, in spite of its crude appearance, it was preserved according to the usual process of the time for biological material, having been first fixed with formalin and then held in Wentworth preserving fluid (primarily deionised water and glycerol) which prevent deterioration.

Physical description

Wet specimen of a whole skinned Thylacine, which appears to be missing at least some of its internal organs. The Thylacine is stored in perspex filled with solution.

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