AGM: Sunday 29th July 2012: Dr. Robert Paddle

Posted by Dorothy B. Williams on June 10, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Venue:- Pakenham Uniting Church Hall,

47 James St, Pakenham I(Melways ref 317-D8)

Time:- 12.00 for 12.30 p.m.

BYO lunch to share – tea & coffee provided.

Guest Speaker:- Dr. Robert Paddle

Dr. Paddle’s research has taken him around the world, investigating records of thylacines, devils and other marsupial carnivores in zoos and museums. His forthcoming book focuses on evidence of disease, and its importance as a major factor in the decline of the thylacine.

Bounty statistics from the deliberate killing of thylacines as a pest species support contemporary records at the turn of the twentieth century, of an epidemic disease in thylacines, devils and other marsupi-carnivores. Detailed symptoms of the disease have been recorded by museum staff, and zoological-garden curators and veterinarians.

It is argued that the effects of the disease in captivity, which more than halved thylacine longevity, and preferentially affected juveniles, are conformable with the expression of the disease recorded amongst wild thylacines.

He seeks recognition of the importance of this disease as a major factor in the thylacine’s decline, and its consideration as an influential factor on the genetic diversity, distribution and population dynamics of extant marsupi-carnivores.


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