Who discovered the Teeth in Ornithorhynchus?


As Dr. Hart Merriam's letter on the above subject in your issue of the 7th inst. (p. II) will be read by many who have not access to Sir Everard Home's “Lectures on Comparative Anatomy,” allow me to point out that the description and figures in that work referred to by Dr. Merriam have no bearing whatever upon the very interesting discoveries recently made. They represent, not the real teeth of the young animal discovered by Mr. Poulton, and fully described by Mr. Oldfield Thomas, but the well-known horny plates which functionally take their place in the adult, and which are called “grinding teeth” by Sir Everard only in a very general sense.

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FLOWER, W. Who discovered the Teeth in Ornithorhynchus?. Nature 41, 31 (1889). https://doi.org/10.1038/041031a0

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