1792 Shaw first illustration of Echidna

1792 Shaw first illustration of Echidna

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Caption: 1792 First illustration of a newly discovered species lithographed by Frederick Nodder and published in George Shaw (Plate 109 original hand colour) in "The Naturalist's Miscellany" vol. 3 no. 36. London: F.P. Nodder. Nodder probably copied a field sketch sent to England of a strange creature sketched by the Port Jackson Painter around 1791.Wrongly first identified as a link between the anteaters and the porcupine and so give the name "porcupine anteater". It was not until 1802, and the arrival in Britain of a specimen for dissection by Everard Home, that Shaw realised this animal was allied to the equally strange duck billed platypus - an egg laying mammal or monotreme.

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