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A Compact Bundle of Mayhem. Is a carnivorous marsupial of the family. Now found in the wild only in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world after the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine) in 1936.It is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odor when stressed, extremely loud and disturbing screech, and ferocity when feeding. It is known to both hunt prey and scavenge carrion and although it is usually solitary, it sometimes eats with other devils. An analysis of mammalian bite force relative to body size shows that the devil has the strongest bite of any living mammal, over 5,100 psi! This is the same power that can be generated by a dog four times larger, and in relation to body mass, the devil has a stronger bite than a tiger, allowing it to bite through thick metal wire! The power of the jaws is in part due to its comparatively large head and thick neck similar to that of a Great White Shark. The teeth and jaws of Tasmanian devils resemble those of hyenas, an example of convergent evolution.
In addition to its teeth, the devil has long claws that allow it to dig burrows and seek subterranean food easily and grip prey or mates strongly. The date that the Tasmanian devil disappeared from the Australian mainland is unclear; most evidence suggests they had contracted to three relict populations around 3000 years ago. However a tooth found in Augusta, Western Australia has been dated to 430 years ago, although archaeologist Oliver Brown disputes this and considers the devil's mainland extinction to have occurred around 3000 years ago.
Because they were seen as a threat to livestock in Tasmania, devils were hunted until 1941, when they became officially protected. Since the late 1990s, devil facial tumor disease has reduced the devil population significantly and now threatens the survival of the species, which in May 2009 was declared to be endangered. Programs are currently being undertaken by the Government of Tasmania to reduce the impact of the disease.Phylogenetic analysis shows that the devil is most closely related to quolls (native cats), and more distantly to the now-extinct thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger). As the devil is the thylacine's closest relative, there has been speculation that the latter could be revived by combining DNA from museum samples of thylacines with ova of the devil. A close up portrait of a snarling, hissing Tasmanian Devil baring its sharp fangs. The legend TASMANIAN DEVIL denotes the theme. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear, while the legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.
The coin is encapsulated inside a luxurious, lacquered clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by an full color outer cardboard box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
The item "Niue 2019 Tasmanian Devil Wildlife Up Close $1 1 Oz Silver Antiqued HIGH RELIEF" is in sale since Tuesday, November 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\South Pacific". The seller is "talismancoins" and is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This item can be shipped worldwide.