Search results for "platypuses"

  • Obdurodon dicksoni

    Obdurodon dicksoni was a large, spoon-billed platypus from the Riversleigh area of northern Australia. Its skull is one of the most perfect fossils known from Riversleigh. Obdurodon probably fed on insect larvae, yabbies and other crustaceans, and perhaps small vertebrate animals such as frogs and fish. Older Obdurodon species are known from central Australia, and a closely related species, Monotrematum sudamericanum, from the Paleocene of Patagonia, evidence that platypuses were once Gondwanan. Unlike the living platypus, these fossil platypuses had functional molar teeth.

  • Video Conferencing - Evolution of Australian Biota

    This video conference is linked to Stage 6 Biology Core: Evolution of Australian Biota and Stage 5 Science: Study of evolution.

  • Steropodon galmani

    Steropodon galmani, a platypus-like monotreme from the Early Cretaceous of Australia, was the first Mesozoic mammal discovered from Australia. It is known from an opalised lower jaw with molar teeth found at the mining town of Lightning Ridge in north central New South Wales. The teeth of Steropodon are similar to those of later fossil platypuses although its molars are more archaic in form. Steropodon lived alongside dinosaurs, crocodiles, early birds and other early mammals on the forested shores of the inland Cretaceous Eromanga Sea.

  • Platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus

    The Platypus is a unique Australian species. Along with echidnas, Platypuses are grouped in a separate order of mammals known as monotremes, which are distinguished from all other mammals because they lay eggs. When first discovered, the unusual look of a Platypus caused considerable confusion and doubt amongst European naturalists and scientists, many of whom believed that the animal was a fake.

  • Harry Burrell Glass Plate Negative Collection

    Harry (Henry J) Burrell was a  keen photographer, and this collection documents his wide interest in Australian native fauna.

  • Video conferencing - Platypus Evolution

    Students learn about some evolutionary changes of platypuses in this session aimed at Stage 6 Biology students.

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  • Surviving Australia - Exhibition Guide for Teachers

    An outline of what you will see in each section and the key components that will intrigue and excite you.

  • Big History at the Australian Museum

    Last week sixty Year 4 students from Putney Public School came along to the Australian Museum to be part of the Big History Project.

  • AMRI Seminar Series

    The Australian Museum Research Institute hosts a monthly series of short talks showcasing current research at the Australian Museum.

  • Fossils in Riversleigh, QLD

    Fossil fauna from the Riversleigh site have altered our understanding about Australia's mid-Cainozoic vertebrate diversity.