The Last Tasmanian Tiger: The History and Extinction of the Thylacine

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2002 - History - 284 pages
This book is the most complete and up-to-date examination of the history and extinction of one of Australia's most enduring folkloric beasts - the thylacine, otherwise affectionately known as the Tasmanian tiger. Paddle challenges conventional theories explaining the behaviour and eventual extinction of the thylacine, arguing that political farming powers used the Tasmanian tiger as a scapegoat to protect local agricultural and financial interests. After the natural population of thylacines was decimated through a bounty scheme, ignorant and sometimes maliciously negligent captive breeding programs finally resulted in the extinction of a once proud species. Paddle also uncovers a deeper intellectual snobbery that set the scene for the thylacine's eventual extinction. The Last Tasmanian Tiger offers new perspectives on the subjective nature of scientific investigation and the politics of preservation.

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Its well researched, Ill give Paddle that much. However, he is really preachy. I think he is trying to disprove everyone else, but is going about it all wrong. In my opinion, he comes across as being ... Read full review


Introduction science and the species from a European perspective
Constructing objectivity changing scientific perceptions of the thylacine
Of Signal importance select social and predatory behaviours
A predatory entertainment stimuli of consuming interest
Ovisceral exploitation extracts of sheepish behaviours
Mythology becomes misology the dogmatism of unelightenment
Faunal fun and games the politics of protection
The last Tasmanian tiger indifference and the demise of the species
Postextinction blues contingency and responsibility in extinction
Conclusion the lessons to be learnt

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