The Echidna Enigma

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Apr 04, 2016
Author: 
Adrian Burton

On Wednesday the 12th of June 1929, the front page of the Daily News (Perth, Australia) announced the passing away, two days previously, of one of Australia’s foremost natu-ralists: John Thomas Tunney (WebFigure 1). During his time, Tunney was a post office worker, a member of a telegraph construction gang, an employee of land and mining survey companies, and a farmer. He is best known, however, as a col-lector for the Western Australian Museum (Perth) between 1895 and 1906. Little did he know that 80 years after his death, an animal he caught while on a collecting expedition in Australia’s northwest, commissioned by Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in conjunction with the above museum, would leave us with a mystery that can be solved only by revisiting that far- flung corner of the outback . . .

Read the full article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

DOI for citing: 
DOI: 10.1002/fee.1256
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