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A Detailed Account,
This review is from: Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World (Hardcover)
I read Platypus out of pure interest as I had read a superb book about a similarly anomalous species (the Coelacanth), and wished to learn about how the truth about this remarkable creature had gradually been revealed since it was first discovered,
The Platypus story differs considerably from that of the Coelacanth, however, in that there were so many people who contributed to its story (the Coelacanth tale involves just a handful of people). As the book therefore covers a longer period, and consequently many more personalities are involved, the book tends to concentrate in a fairly detailed way on the specifics of what was discovered at each step rather than tell the tale of the people who made those discoveries.
If you are genuinely interested in learning of the history of the Platypus per se then I would say this book is good. If you are more interested in just reading a book about a significant scientific discovery (without particularly caring what it is) and the people who were involved then there are more interesting books than this.