‘It is bittersweet that the mystery surrounding the remains of the last thylacine has been solved’, says Tasmanian museum director

The remains of the last-known thylacine, thought for decades to have been lost, have in fact been sitting in the collection of a Tasmanian museum.

Researchers recently realised the remains entered the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in 1936 but hadn’t been properly identified.

“For years, many museum curators and researchers searched for its remains without success,” Dr Robert Paddle, a researcher, said.