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Positive identification of the thylacine as the animal encountered cannot be made from this report since the tiger quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) is similarly described.
The first definitive encounter was by French explorers on , as noted by the naturalist Jacques Labillardière, in his journal from the expedition led by D'Entrecasteaux.
Petroglyph images of the thylacine can be found at the Dampier Rock Art Precinct on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
By the time the first European explorers arrived, the animal was already extinct in mainland Australia and rare in Tasmania.
The modern thylacine first appeared about 4 million years ago.
Species of the family Thylacinidae date back to the beginning of the Miocene; since the early 1990s, at least seven fossil species have been uncovered at Riversleigh, part of Lawn Hill National Park in northwest Queensland.
As a marsupial, it was not closely related to these placental mammals, but because of convergent evolution it displayed the same general form and adaptations.
Its closest living relative is thought to be either the Tasmanian devil or the numbat.
In 1824, it was separated out into its own genus, Thylacinus, by Temminck.
Several studies support the thylacine as being a basal member of the Dasyuromorphia and the Tasmanian devil as its closest living relative.
The skulls of the thylacine (left) and the timber wolf, Canis lupus, are quite similar, although the species are only distantly related.