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Platypus: the extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the world

Author: Ann Mozley Moyal
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. ; London : Allen & Unwin, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the first specimen of a platypus arrived in England in 1799 it was greeted with astonishment and disbelief. This volume tells the story of a biological riddle that confounded scientists and  Read more...

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History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Mozley Moyal
ISBN: 1865083739 9781865083735
OCLC Number: 183109777
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of Whitley Awards 2001 (Australia)
Short-listed for Best Historical Zoology book 2001 (Australia)
Short-listed for Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award 2001 (Australia)
Description: 226 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. 'This Highly Interesting Novelty'2. The Frenchmen's Gaze3. Marshalling the Animals4. The Wrangling Scientists5. The Land of Contrarieties6. The First Hard Look7. The Paper War8. Darwin's Platypus9. To the Antipodes10. The Clash of Titans11. Solving the Mystery12. The New Men13. 'The Platypus Man'14. The Platypus Goes to War15. 'The Animal of All time'GlossaryA Word on SourcesIllustrationsIndex
Responsibility: Ann Moyal.

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'In this remote part of the earth, Nature (having made horses, oxen, ducks, geese, oaks, elms, and all regular productions for the rest of the world) seems determined to have a bit of a play, and to Read more...

 
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