The Extraordinary Story of How A Curious Creature Baffled the World

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Random House, Inc.
This is the enigmatic story of a biological riddle that confounded scientists for nearly ninety years, challenging theories of creationism, evolution, and classification of species along the way. Secretive, elusive, and beguiling, the platypus has continued to captivate public and scientific attention to the present day.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Looks at the mystery of the platypus, the small marsupial that stumped the identification skills of English scientists for ninety years.

Book News
A historian of Australian science (and President of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia) writes an account of the mystery of the Platypus, the small, shy marsupial that stumped the identification skills of English scientists for 90 years with its webbed feet and duck's beak attached to what seemed to be a mammal's body. B&w illustrations, with eight color plates. 5.5x8. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001
ISBN: 9781560989776
Branch Call Number: 599.29 MOY
Characteristics: xiii, 226 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm


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