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Treasures podcast ep 7: The platypus rug and the lyre bird

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 23 Apr 2018

Kim McKay and Charles Wooley ponder the beautiful platypus rug and what it tells us about the changing attitudes towards our native fauna.

Platypus Rug

Platypus Rug
Photographer: Carl Bento © Australian Museum

Early British settlers were so flummoxed by the platypus that they thought it an elaborate hoax, created by stitching a duck’s beak onto the body of a mole. But Australia’s greatest charlatan is an entirely different creature to behold.

Join journalist Charles Wooley and Australian Museum Director Kim McKay as they explore the astounding objects and specimens of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition, housed in the nation’s oldest museum gallery.

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