Confused? So the Tasmanian Tiger was definitely cat-like, not dog-like or wolf-like, but at the end of the day it’s still a marsupial!? Is that right?
Its head and body looked like a dog, yet its striped coat was cat-like. It carried its young in a pouch, like a kangaroo. No wonder the thylacine — the enigmatic, iconic creature of Australia and Tasmania was the object of so much confusion, alternately called the “marsupial wolf” and the “Tasmanian tiger.”
So what was it? By studying bones of thylacines and 31 other mammals, researchers at Brown University have the answer: The thylacine was a Tasmanian tiger — more cat than dog, although clearly a marsupial