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The sun rises casting morning light on an animal that (probably) no longer exists. It looks a bit like a brown furred dog or wolf, but it has dark, tiger-like stripes on its hindquarters and a thick stiff tail. This is a thylacine also known as a Tasmanian tiger or wolf.

Thylacines were once native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and Australia. They are considered to be extinct as the last known one died in 1936; however there have been purported sightings in the wild as recently as 2008. It is likely that competition from dingoes (introduced by settlers) was a major contributor to their decline.

Though they look like dogs, they were marsupials, and were much more closely related to Tasmanian devils and kangaroos. Their canine-like appearance is a product of convergent evolution. Though they could not run very fast, they could apparently hop a bit like a kangaroo.

This is my first image to feature a thylacine. I wanted to go for just a simple image that showed off the animal in profile. So, I kept the environment to a minimum.

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Daniel Eskridge

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About Daniel Eskridge

Marietta, GA

Daniel is a forty-something living in the Metro-Atlanta area, and he is one of the few people who was actually born and raised there. He is also married and has two sons and a daughter. By day, he works as software engineer at a small company. By night he is an artist producing realist works depicting scenes of American wildlife, farm animals, fantasy scenes, extinct animals, and images of the "American Wild West":

Daniel has dual degrees in computer science and fine art from the University of Georgia. Given his education, it would seem only natural for him to combine the two by producing art using a computer. Daniel practices a new form of art called "3D Rendering":, a form of virtual sculpting with a computer. This form of art is utilized by film studios for special effects as well as animated movies, but it can be used to make stills as well. "Check out this video of Daniel creating a 3D rendering!":

Daniel’s interest in art began when he was young. As a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, he became particularly interested in the works of the illustrators that appeared on the covers, such as "Frank Frazetta": and "Michael Whelan": In college, he discovered the work of the "French Realists":, the "Pre-Raphaelites":, and the "Hudson River School":, which further influenced him and put his work on a course where nature was the dominant theme.

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