Natural History

Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Upside Down World' by Penny Olsen

Peter Menkhorst
23 December 2011

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, anima ... More

Ann Moyal: Platypus

Peter Menkhorst
04 May 2011

The enigmatic Platypus

Peter Menkhorst

 

Platypus
by Ann Moyal
Allen & Unwin, $24.99 pb, 249 pp, 9781741757798

 

When the first specimen of the Platypus reached Europe in 1798, it was received with incredulity by zoologists. With anatomical and mor ... More

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