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

Author: Ann Mozley Moyal
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Classification
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Mozley Moyal
ISBN: 0801880521 9780801880520
OCLC Number: 56990810
Description: xiii, 226 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents: 1. "This highly interesting novelty" --
2. The frenchmen's gaze --
3. Marshalling the animals --
4. The wrangling scientists --
5. The land of contrarieties --
6. The first hard look --
7. The paper war --
8. Darwin's platypus --
9. To the antipodes --
10. The clash of titans --
11. Solving the mystery --
12. The new men --
13. The 'platypus man' --
14. The platypus goes to war --
15. The 'animal of all time'.
Responsibility: Ann Moyal.
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Eloquent and concise, Platypus uncovers the earliest theories and latest discoveries about this delightfully odd member of the animal kingdom.  Read more...

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A great account of how a small furry animal managed to challenge biology's beliefs. New Scientist 2005 If any animal has mystery and charisma, it is the platypus. This book tell its story, and it's a Read more...

 
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