Saturday, November 19, 2011

Drawing Animals: Thylacine

 Thylacinus cynocephalus (meaning dog-headed pouched-dog) is more commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, but I prefer it when they are referred to as thylacines. Though they are named after the island off of the Australian coast, the thylacine was once found on the Australian mainland. As such, they were one of the few mammalian large predators that were found naturally on the landmass. The species has been extinct for quite some time, with the last known individual dieing in 1933. They were fascinating animals that look quite like wolves or tigers, but their marsupial ancestry made them quite different from the placental species. They had five toes on their front feet instead of the usual four and a dewclaw. They could also open their jaws remarkably wide.

Here's a video of the last know live thylacine:

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My interpretation. I couldn't get the head right. I may try to fix that.

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