Thylacines are cryptids.
Yesterday I answered a great question from a follower who wanted to know what were my top 5 favourite cryptids. At the top of my list was the Thylacine.
To that answer, anonymousgothcat had the following to say: “The thylacine is not a cryptid, dude. It actually existed, in many varied species.”
I would just like to say that according to Loren Coleman, one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, and who is an honourary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, “Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden animals” rumored to exist but for which there is no hard evidence.”
Cryptozoology, from the Greek kryptos, meaning “hidden,” and zoology, the study of animals, is literally “the study of hidden animals” and that doesn’t mean just still unknown animal forms, but hidden ones, as well…
That the Thylacine ever existed is NOT the debate, whether it STILL exists, has survived extinction, but is hidden from man, is the debate.
While I grant that the Thylacine stands unique amongst the other cryptids, because the proof is there that it previously existed, I am confused by any criteria in which a creature would have to not have proof of existance to be considered a cryptid… There is evidence of existence for many other cryptids like Bigfoot or Ogopogo, the same kind of evidence presented to the world before the gorilla, giant squid and okapi were verified by mainstream scientists when THEY used to be considered cryptids. And anyway, this field has always included animals that were thought to be extinct.
If the Thylacine officially became extinct in 1936, and is not recognised by mainstream science to CURRENTLY exist, and cryptozoology is the investigation of animals whose existence is hinted at by eye witness accounts, photos, or traces, then the Thylacine IS A CRYPTID.
Loren Coleman believes that the “Thylacine will be rediscovered” and this animal is one of his areas of interest, as a Cryptozoologist.
Creatures that are under investigation by cryptozoologists are called cryptids, dude.
Sydney C. Squidney
I recently watched the gorgeously shot and poignant drama The Hunter, a film about the Tasmanian Tiger. It is a quite well-done narrative on the imagined possible survival of the Thylacine which is being tracked down by a mercenary hired by a bio-tech firm. I highly recommend it to you guys that haven’t seen it. Let me know what you think!