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He speculated that these adaptations may have caused the contemporary devil's peculiar gait.As most of their prey died of the cold, only a few carnivores survived, including the ancestors of the quoll and thylacine.Related names that were used in the 19th century were Sarcophilus satanicus ("Satanic flesh-lover") and Diabolus ursinus ("bear devil"), all due to early misconceptions of the species as implacably vicious.The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) belongs to the family Dasyuridae. Phylogenetic analysis shows that the Tasmanian devil is most closely related to quolls.Localised populations of devils have also been severely reduced by collisions with motor vehicles, particularly when they are eating roadkill.The devil is an iconic symbol of Tasmania and many organisations, groups and products associated with the state use the animal in their logos.It is characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding.
According to Pemberton, the possible ancestors of the devil may have needed to climb trees to acquire food, leading to a growth in size and the hopping gait of many marsupials.
It is seen as an important attractor of tourists to Tasmania and has come to worldwide attention through the Looney Tunes character of the same name.
Starting in 2013, Tasmanian devils are again being sent to zoos around the world as part of the Australian government's Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
Fossils of species similar to modern devils have been found, but it is not known whether they were ancestors of the contemporary species, or whether the current devils co-existed with these species.
The date that the Tasmanian devil became locally extinct from the Australian mainland is unclear; most evidence suggests they had contracted to three relict populations around 3000 years ago.