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On some points of interest connected with the Platypus

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Crowther, Arthur Bingham (1879) On some points of interest connected with the Platypus. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 96-99.

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Abstract

In bringing before your attention, this evening, the above-named
subject, I regret I am able to introduce so little
original material connected with these very interesting and
anomalous animals. After reading Professor Bennett's work
on their peculiarities and habits, also Professor Owen's on
their anatomical structure and mode of reproduction, but
little ground is left to be worked over, so completely have
these two great authors gone into the subject. In relating
my own individual experience this evening of these animals,
it is more with the hope of leading to a discussion, than
adding much fresh material to an already exhausted, but
always interesting subject. After careful perusal of Owen's
work, the point alone left for elucidation is the actual birth
of the foetus; but when I can tell you that the foetus has
been found in utero, and in a hairless condition in the
burrow, our imagination easily fills up the gap.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 96-99
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 01:42
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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