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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A brief history of the platypus!

Blogging earlier on the platypus What's Our Connection to the Platypus? here is some think i came across, a very interesting compilation on the history of the mystery mammal. I have always thought and fancied a platypus in the place of TUX the Linux mascot, every time i see tux i don't think of a penguin but a platypus! may be tux to me looks more like a platypus than a penguin!

A nice item, a brief history of the platypus, in 5 parts that's just brilliant. Further interesting is the foot note "Further reading" don't miss it. This is a wonderful historical account and should be made more widely available. For Quick reach here :
  • Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution. Nature 453: 175-183. Abstract | Full text
  • Relevant abstracts from Genome Research Platypus Genome Special
  • Hall, B.K. (1999). The Paradoxical Platypus. BioScience 49(3): 211-218. JSTOR link
  • This is a wonderful historical account and should be made more widely available.

  • Platypus biology at the Australian Platypus Conservancy

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