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Our very secretive platypus
One native species that seems to be coping quite well

The life and times of the Australian platypus: Platypus are one of only two groups of egg-laying mammals and are only found in Australia, from the northern extent of Cooktown down the east coast of Australia to Tasmania. There are none in the western states and no fossil evidence either, although it is believed that they inhabited Gondwanaland because a platypus jawbone has been found in South America. Assistant Professor Stephen Kolomyjec at Ohio Northern University completed his doctoral research at James Cook University’s School of Marine and Tropical Biology into the amazing world of the platypus. Here Dr Kolomyjec discusses some of their unusual characteristics.
 

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