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8 May 2009

The Platypus Paradox

The first known description of the platypus comes from the Wiradjuri tribe, whose area includes the Wolgan and Capertee Valleys and the land to the west. This curious and endearing monotreme caused scientists great confusion when first discovered by Europeans. It defied all understanding of the animal kingdom, sharing defining characteristics with mammals, birds and reptiles. Some even doubted it was real, preferring to believe it was an elaborate hoax.

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