Thus perhaps the ultimate reason
the thylacine disappeared from the
mainland was the same reason it then
disappeared from Tasmania—i.e. man.
How ironic that in man’s eagerness to
promote an evolutionary storyline, he
accuses the dingo instead—which
in this case at least, seems to have
Given the thylacine skull’s superficial resemblance to that of a dog, it has sometimes been used as a trick question for
zoology students. But the thylacine skull is readily distinguishable by the two prominent holes in the palate bone—a
characteristic of marsupials generally.
Thylacinus Cynocephalus skull Canis Lupus skull
Convergence—a convenient evolutionary ‘escape clause’
The reproductive mechanisms of placentals and marsupials are very
different in some ways, yet in others they are amazingly similar. This is
not surprising if they had the same Designer. But since in the evolutionary
scheme their similarities could not have come from inheriting them
from the same ancestor, evolutionists have to invoke ‘convergent
evolution’, meaning that evolution hit upon the same solutions
This idea, involving multiple ‘lucky’ mutational
coincidences over millions of years, is repeatedly used
by evolutionists to ‘explain’ all manner of similarities that
do not fit the ‘common ancestor’ idea—including those
between the placental and marsupial wolf discussed in
the main text.1
1. Batten, D., Are look-alikes related? Creation 19( 2): 39–41,
1997; creation.com/lookalikes; also Menton, D., If we
resemble apes, does that mean we evolved from apes?,
creation.com/apes, 25 August 2000.
References and notes.
1. Catchpoole, D., The Australian dingo—a wolf in dog’s clothing,
Creation 27( 2): 10–15, 2005; creation.com/dingo.
2. The dogs that ate a sheep industry, ABC Radio National: Background
Briefing, broadcast 19 May 2013, abc.net.au.
3. australiantimes.co.uk, 19 December 2012.
4. Nine-year-old boy killed by dingoes on holiday island beach,
dailymail.co.uk, 1 May 2001.
5. ‘The dingo’s got my baby!’ (interview with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton), Creation 35( 4): 21–23, 2013; creation.com/lindy.
6. Evans, O., The Thylacine, australianmuseum.net.au, 30 October 2015.
7. Catchpoole, D., Practical pouches, Creation 30( 2): 35, 2008;
8. Did the dingo do it—unfairly judged?, convictcreations.com/animals/
dingo.htm, acc. 3 February 2016.
9. Bounties were offered for every thylacine scalp from 1830 till 1909,
by which time the thylacine was rare, and sought by zoos around the
world. Tasmanian tiger, dpipwe.tas.gov.au, 20 November 2014.
10. Doolan, R., Tale behind the Tasmanian tiger, Creation 17( 3): 20–21,
11. Owen, D., Thylacine—the tragic tale of the Tasmanian tiger, pp.
121–122, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia, 2003.
12. Owen, ref. 11, p. 121.
13. Owen, ref. 11, p. 29.
14. However, since then the Tasmanian devil population has been
dramatically impacted by the spread of a deadly facial tumour disease.
See: Tasmanian Devil—Sarcophilus harrisii, parks.tas.gov.au,
6 November 2014, also Eggleton, M., Tasmanian devil, Creation
37( 2): 34–37, 2015.
15. Weinberger, L., The Opossum’s tale, Creation 31( 4): 28–31, 2009;
16. Weston, P. and Wieland, C., The Sulawesi Bear Cuscus, Creation
24( 3): 28–30, 2002; creation.com/cuscus.
17. Tozer, J., Return of the wallabies: Pictures prove that Aussie
marsupials are still hopping around Peak District after fears they had
died out, dailymail.co.uk, 10 July 2009.
18. As can plants. See: Statham, D., No evidence of evolution and ‘deep
time’, Creation 35( 4): 40–41, 2013,
After working as a plant physiologist and science educator, Dr Catchpoole
worked for many years as a scientist/speaker for Creation Ministries
International (Australia). He continues to write for CMI. For more: creation.
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