The Platypus Quarrel

The Platypus Quarrel

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Stuff You Missed in History Class

Monday, 3 January

When European naturalists saw a platypus for the first time, they found it so bizarre that they thought it was fake, and then argued about how to classify it for almost a century. This happened in tandem with similar discussions about another Australian animal – the echidna, or spiny anteater – and discussions of scientific taxonomy in general. 

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