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Skeletons of the monotremes in the collections of the Army Medical Museum at Washington

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Shufeldt, Robert Wilson (1921) Skeletons of the monotremes in the collections of the Army Medical Museum at Washington. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 99-110.

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Abstract

Attention was recently invited to the existence in the
collections of the Army Medical Museum, of the Surgeon
General's Office, at Washington, of the mounted skeletons of
certain of the Monotremata; and as these curious mammals
are now becoming extremely rare, a brief account of the
specimens of them will probably prove of value to the comparative
anatomists of the future, and of more or less
interest to those of the present time.
These skeletons consist of one of an Echidna, and two
of the Duckbill Platypus or Ornithorhynchus. On the Echidna
skeleton the label reads:—''2496 Comp. Anat. Ser.—Spiny
ant-eater; echidna aculeata or hystrix. From New South
Wales. The jaws are without teeth; roof of mouth and
tongue covered with horny spines." This is apparently
an adult specimen, prepared and mounted by the Wards of
Rochester, and in perfect condition. One of their labels
is pasted on the under side of the stand and bears the
number 3760 and the statement that the animal was obtained
in New South Wales. Includes illustrative plates.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 99-110
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: 10 Dec 2012 04:11
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:46
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