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

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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.

Book News Annotation:

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<">.
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A well-known Australian author and historian of science tells the extraordinary story of the platypus, first discovered in 1799, to become a key player in the great theoretical and philosophical debates of the time. 36 illustrations, 8 in color.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560989776
Author:
Moyal, Ann
Publisher:
Smithsonian Books (DC)
Author:
MOYAL A
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Platypus
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Series Volume:
no. 202
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 COLOR, 29 BandW ILLS.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.05x5.50x.88 in. .97 lbs.

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