The Thylacine Project ignored, however, two fairly strong reasons which militate against the thylacine's return: firstly, it is morphologically unique and phylogenetically isolated in its own taxonomic family (Thylacinidae
It is a large carnivorous marsupial and single member of the family Thylacinidae
. It is sandy colored and has 15 to 20 distinct dark stripes that transverse its back, the number of bands varying between individuals.
maculatus maculatus), and the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus laniarius) (see Werdelin 1987) in the Family Dasyuridae, and the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) in the Family Thylacinidae [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Differences in prey utilization by Pleistocene marsupial carnivores, Thylacoleo carnifex (Thylacoleonidae) and Thylacinus cynocephalus (Thylacinidae).