Peter Menkhorst

Peter Menkhorst

Peter Menkhorst is a zoologist with the Victorian Government’s Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research where he works on a broad range of fauna conservation issues. He has produced field guides to both the mammals and the birds of Australia, most recently The Australian Bird Guide (CSIRO Publishing, 2017).

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Upside Down World' by Penny Olsen

October 2010, no. 325 01 October 2010
Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Upside Down World' by Penny Olsen
In this age of throwaway digital images it is easy to forget that before the late nineteenth century the only means of conveying a visual image of an object or place was by drawing its likeness. For this reason, well-funded exploratory expeditions often included an artist whose role was to illustrate new and interesting people, landscapes, geological features, animals and plants. Australian exampl ... (read more)

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Platypus' by Ann Moyal

February 2011, no. 328 01 February 2011
Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Platypus' by Ann Moyal
When the first specimen of the Platypus reached Europe in 1798, it was received with incredulity by zoologists. With anatomical and morphological characteristics seemingly belonging to reptiles, birds, and mammals, it simply did not fit into the existing classifications. Further, it appeared to lack mammary glands and therefore could not be classed as a mammal, yet it had obvious mammalian charact ... (read more)
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