National Geographic : 1939 Aug
278 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Sltuo uaPll yuy uUlwell rOUUges AT FIRST GLANCE, SCIENTISTS THOUGHT, "THERE'S NO SUCH ANIMAL" When shown this creature of contradictions, some naturalists were deceived into thinking the bill of a duck had been grafted on the skin of a mammal. Gripped in a man's hand, Splash angrily waves webbed flippers. Photograph from Australian Institute of Anatomy IN AN UNCOVERED NEST, TINY TRIPLETS LIE CURLED IN SLEEP The female platypus lays her eggs (usually two) in a reed- and root-lined cavity at the end of the nesting burrow. On her smooth tail they are clasped against the body. Newly hatched young are less than an inch long. The mother's milk is supplied through perforations in the abdominal skin (page 281).