Egg-Laying Mammals: The Echidnas and Platypus

Location:Australia and New Guinea
Subject:Egg-laying mammals
Length:20 minutes
Year Released:1985
Distributor:AIMS Multimedia
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Description:This program provides an unusual media adjunct to Life Science and Biology units on mammal reproduction. It introduces the three species of egg-laying mammals -- the duckbill platypus and two echidnas (spiny anteaters). These animals, found only in the island ecosystems of Australia and New Guinea, were once regarded as living fossils. Researchers now know they evolved along with the placentals and marsupials and are equally well developed. The program contains some of the first footage ever obtained of the young breaking out of the egg and being suckled by the parent. TeachersŐ guide available.
Record No:2804
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