“Of all the Mammalia yet known it seems the most extraordinary in its conformation; exhibiting the perfect resemblance of the beak of a Duck engrafted on the head of a quadruped.”
Back when the platypus was first ‘discovered’ by scientists and recorded as a species, it was considered a hoax. Back then, it was fairly modish to graft bits of different animals together to try to convince people that they were real.
Faced with a furry looking egg-laying mammal with paws and the beak of a duck, the Platypus defied and subverted the existing categorisation; birds have beaks, this is no bird,…
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