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[From New Latin Thȳlacīnus, genus name, from Greek thūlakos, sack.]
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(Animals) an extinct or very rare doglike carnivorous marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, having greyish-brown fur with dark vertical stripes on the back: family Dasyuridae. Also called: Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf
[C19: from New Latin thӯlacīnus, from Greek thulakos pouch, sack]
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(ˈθaɪ ləˌsaɪn, -sɪn)

a wolflike marsupial, Thylacinus cynocephalus, of Tasmania, tan-colored with black stripes across the back: probably extinct.
Also called Tasmanian wolf.
[1830–40; < New Latin Thylacinus genus name = Greek thylak(os) pouch + Latin -īnus -ine1]
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Noun1.thylacine - rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its backthylacine - rare doglike carnivorous marsupial of Tasmania having stripes on its back; probably extinct
dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial - small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
genus Thylacinus, Thylacinus - Tasmanian wolf
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Mammalian herbivores were once primarily controlled by Aboriginal people, Thylacines, devils and quolls.
According to the research, the thylacines did not have a lot of genetic diversity, which would have made it more vulnerable even without human interference.
'All observations of putative thylacines to date have been at night, and in one case, four animals were observed at close range, about 20 feet away, with a spotlight,' Professor Bill Laurance, one of the scientists leading the hunt, said in the report.
There are no living thylacines, but many neoquaggas roam the veld again.
Fair warning: Gibson throws readers directly into The Peripheral's dual worlds without undue explanation, preferring to let the details of his futures--whether polts, patchers, sigils, Medicis, thylacines or whatever those shape-shifting Lego blocks are all about--catch our eye and lure us in.
Standing uniquely is the account of lost girls succoured by thylacines in Into That Forest.
John Woinarski regrets "not having the opportunity to see Thylacines, Lesser Bilbies and Paradise Parrots" and laments previous generations for causing the loss of that biological legacy.
Thylacines were top predators that once ranged across Australia and New Guinea but were found only in Tasmania by the time of European settlement.
That began to change in the last year, however, as Crystal Bridges began to release the titles of later, edgier, even disturbing acquisitions, pieces like Walton Ford's "The Island," described as "a writhing pyramidal mass of Tasmanian wolves (thylacines) grappling with each other and a few doomed lambs," a 2009 creation.
'These truly iconic Tasmanian species are at risk of becoming "thylacines of the sea".
Writing some ten years earlier, Bruce Wright (1972) commented on motifs that he regarded as representations of thylacines, an animal thought to have been extinct on mainland Australia for thousands of years.