The human body is building up a resistance to antibiotics but the platypus may be able to help.
These ancient species have been evolving longer than most.
The Australian Reptile Park’s general manager Tim Faulkner has, for the first time, successfully milked a platypus for its venom, which will now be used by researchers to determine whether or not it could have health benefits.
This year, many of Australia’s best animal science stories had a focus on restoring Australia’s biodiversity – the vast web of living organisms that keep our air, soil and water healthy. Biodiversity affects our economic development as well as our health and wellbeing. We offer you ten stories from 2017 that provide hope that sustained efforts can help.
Research on platypus numbers and distribution is being stepped up as science tries new ways to document this elusive Australian species. Photography by Doug Gimesy.
Science & Environment
Do echidnas exist because a platypus once deserted the water and evolved spines? Many experts think so.
The venom of Australia’s iconic monotremes could help researchers come up with a new treatment for type-2 diabetes.
How new species are created is at the core of the theory of evolution. Mammals may be a good example of how sex chromosome change drove major groups apart.
A pair of baby boy platypuses have emerged from their burrow at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria 133 days after hatching.
A six-month-old platypus ended up in a spot of misadventure when he washed up in a stormwater drain.