William Lanne (c 1835-1869) was the last full-blooded Aboriginal Tasmanian man. In 1842 Lanne was captured along with his family during the "Black War" taken to the Aboriginal camp on Flinders Island. He was 7 years old. Lanne died March 3, 1869 from a mix of cholera dysentery. Following his death his body was dismembered used for scientific purposes. An argument broke out between the Royal College of Surgeons of England the Royal Society of Tasmania over who should possess his remains.
The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world (Males weigh about 18lbs.) and is the iconic symbol of Tasmania. It was declared an endangered species by the Tasmanian government in 2008 due to the rapid decline in its numbers since the 90's from a nonviral, but transmissable facial cancer. smithsonianmag.com #Tasmanian_Devil #Tasmania #smithsonianmag
Numbers of the Tasmanian Devil have been reduced by 80% since 1996. Because of limited genetic diversity on the island, they have developed a type of cancer that is rapidly leading the species towards extinction. (Jurgen & Christine Sohns / FLPA / Minden Pictures)
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.Males fight one another for the females, and then guard their partners to prevent female infidelity. devil facial tumour disease has drastically reduced the devil population and now threatens the survival of the species, which in 2008 was declared to be endangered.