Magellan the platypus



Magellan the platypus

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Magellan created a “world record” distance for platypus travel. APC surveys in the Wimmera catchment found that this young animal had moved over 45 kilometres (25 miles) in search of a territory to call his own.

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( it would have made the geocoin easier if platypus anatomy was more widely taught – are these feet right?)

Can platypus jump?

“This question is mainly raised by American school students in grade 5, apparently after being taught that “elephants are the only land mammal that cannot jump”. While not wishing to undermine the efforts of American educators, we feel quite confident that platypus are at least as inept as elephants when it comes to launching themselves up off the ground. This generalisation is based in part on our understanding of how the platypus skeleton is constructed: the animal’s limbs extend horizontally from the body, so the chest and abdomen are actually in contact with the ground at low speed. Furthermore, the joints and ligaments which bind the platypus’s legs to its body are designed to facilitate rotational (as opposed to back and forth) limb movements: the platypus can swim and dig very efficiently, but is poorly equipped by nature to compete in any sort of track or field event.”




~ by forthferalz on April 2, 2007.

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