A thylacine pursues a Brush-tailed
rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) in this circa 1968 illustration
by famed natural history artist Jay H. Matternes. As the Brush-tailed
rock-wallaby is found only on the Australian mainland, this scene can be
interpreted as being set in an ancient time, when the thylacine ranged
across much of the continent.
Matternes is a skilled illustrator with
many years of experience in portraying both living and extinct species.
For decades, his works have been displayed in museums and galleries in
the United States and abroad, as well as featured in many publications,
including those of the National Geographic Society and Time-Life.