An extinct Tasmanian tiger's skin which sat in a New Zealand drawer unrecognised for 76 years may help scientists to bring the species back to life.

The skin is believed to be one of the best-preserved specimens of the iconic wolf-like animal which Australian scientists hope to bring back to life by inserting its DNA into the cells of a related living species, most likely the smaller Tasmanian devil.

It was acquired in 1923 by a Whanganui collector, Archie Robertson , and sat in a drawer of his house with a Tasmanian devil skin until

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