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‘J’étais convaincu qu’il dormait.’ European views of a unique Australian mammal


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Nicol, SC 2007 , '‘J’étais convaincu qu’il dormait.’ European views of a unique Australian mammal', in J Mulvaney and H Tyndale-Biscoe (eds.), Rediscovering Recherche Bay , Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra, pp. 45-57.

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In this paper I briefly summarise the earliest French observations of Tasmanian mammals, which predate the founding of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, and then discuss what appears to be the first observation of hibernation in an echidna, which was made by Prosper Garnot, a zoologist on the voyage of la Coquille (1822–1825). Finally, I review subsequent observations on hibernation in this species, including my own research, and attempt to place this in the context of the echidna’s life history and Australian ecosystems.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Nicol, SC
Keywords: echidna, Tasmania, Recherche Bay, French explorers, monotreme, hibernation
Publisher: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
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Rediscovering Recherche Bay is a book that presents the outcomes from the symposium, "A celebration of the history, culture, science and technology of Recherche Bay", hosted by CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Auditorium Hobart, Tasmania, on 26–28 February 2007

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