Rare and curious thylacine depictions from Wollemi National Park, New South Wales and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

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Title Rare and curious thylacine depictions from Wollemi National Park, New South Wales and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Author Tacon, Paul; Brennan, Wayne; Lamilami, Ronald
Journal Name Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Editor Jim Specht and Robin Torrence
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Museum
Abstract Thylacines have long fascinated both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Ancient rock art depictions and recent attempts to clone thylacines with DNA from preserved specimens are good examples of this interest, with the Australian Museum involved in both the documentation of thylacine rock art and DNA sequencing. In this paper we report on a curious rock drawing from a site within Wollemi National Park, NSW and another rock art panel with superimposed paintings from Arnhem Land, NT. Both sites were found in recent years and documented as part of larger regional studies. Val Attenbrow has long argued that we should be cautious when interpreting archaeological evidence and assigning age, so with this in mind we offer a scientific assessment of these rare and unusual thylacine-like images. We conclude that images of thylacines were likely made over both a longer period of time and across a more geographically diverse area than previously realized.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1576
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australian Museum. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2011
Issue Number 23
Page from 165
Page to 174
ISSN 1835-4211
Date Accessioned 2012-01-04; 2012-05-09T22:32:44Z
Date Available 2012-05-09T22:32:44Z
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44976
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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