This sketch was done by Sydney Parkinson, an artist on Captain Cook's first voyage, at one of the expedition's landings on the eastern coast of Australia in 1770. It is one of a huge series of studies which recorded species of animals, birds, fishes, and insects unknown to Europeans before the Pacific voyages. Kangaroos puzzled Cook's crew: 'What to liken him to I could not tell', wrote Sir Joseph Banks.

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