Monotremes of the Harvard Museum of Natural History

June 11, 2012

Picture-of-the-day post: a couple of days ago I had the chance to spend an hour in a very brief visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Needless to say, that was a pathetically inadequate amount of time to look at even one of the public galleries properly. But here is one photo I took — skeletons of both extant monotremes, the platypus and the echidna:

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9 Responses to “Monotremes of the Harvard Museum of Natural History”

  1. David Hone Says:

    Both? *Both*? And what about the two echidnas that are not Tachyglossus? ;)

  2. David Hone Says:

    Edit: Damn, three even! Remembered attenboroughi but forgot bartoni.

  3. Mike Keesey Says:

    Surprisingly similar, and with very “basal cynodont”-y postcrania. (The crania, OTOH….)

  4. Mark Robinson Says:

    Dave beat me to it. Was going to say that’s like referring to Diplodocus and Apatosaurus as “the brontosaurus”!

    May it never catch on.


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  6. John Scanlon, FCD Says:

    Echidnas are just spiny, short-tailed, narrow-beaked terrestrial platypuses (the ‘platypus’ morphotype existed in the Cretaceous, but genetic divergence and echidna fossils are much younger). But of course you knew that.


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