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Platypus

Duck-Billed Platypus by J. Simon, 1844Duck-Billed Platypus by J. Simon, 1844Duck-Billed Platypus, from 'Drawings illustrating the physiology of the thymus gland', J. Simon, 1844.

J. Simon completed this drawing as part of a series of detailed illustrations based on his dissection of both human and animal foetuses.

It earned him the Astley Cooper Prize Essay for that year.

Despite the scientific nature of the drawings and the concentration on the thymus gland, Simon takes care to recreate colour and texture in the rest of the animal.

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