Platypus : The Extraordinary Story Of How A Curious Creature Baffled The World (Paperback)

Author: Moyal, Ann

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"A great account of how a small furry animal managed to challenge biology's beliefs." -- New Scientist

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Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780801880520
SKU 36413221
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0801880521
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.25T
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Annotation An Australian historian of science reveals all about that mysterious creature, the platypus, a mammal which lays eggs but has fur along with its duck-like bill. She also describes the bafflement scientists felt when first confronted with the platypus and the many confused attempts to place the animal in its proper place in the Darwinian scheme.
Editors Note 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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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0248
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
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