Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World

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JHU Press, Nov 9, 2004 - Nature - 248 pages
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When the first platypus specimen reached England from Australia in 1799, the scientific community claimed that it was a hoax. On closer investigation, dubious European naturalists eventually declared it to be real, though in an age obsessed with classification, the category-defying platypus sparked heated debates across Europe for a century. In Platypus, Ann Moyal provides a unique biography of one of the world's most famously strange creatures and tells the incredible story of how it became the focus of the great scientific debates of the nineteenth century. Eloquent and concise, Platypus uncovers the earliest theories and latest discoveries about this delightfully odd member of the animal kingdom.

  

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

I picked this book up at the gift shop when exiting the American Museum of Natural History's Extreme Mammals exhibit. It is a history of science monograph of the discovery and increased understanding ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Guertin - Goodreads

The platypus is my absolute favorite animal, and being a biologist, I was excited to read about the detailed history of the animal. Unfortunately, it took about 150 pages before I really started to ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Ann Moyal is a historian of science. She has held research and teaching positions at a number of universities and is the founder and past president of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia. She lives in Canberra.

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