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Plate 16, figures 1-2 showing the sexual organs of the Ornithorhynchus [platypus] prepared for impregnation, as well as a mammary gland. Inscribed with publication and plate details. A pencil inscription bottom right reads 'Jas [James] Basire sc.' A faint pencil inscription above reads 'Owen'. Not signed. Watermarked '[...]tman [...]1'.

Subject: Zoology

Published in Philosophical Transactions as part of paper titled 'On the mammary glands of the Ornithorhynchus paradoxus' by Richard Owen.

Read to the Royal Society on 21 June 1832.

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Richard Owen

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Richard Owen, Paintings, sexual organs of the female Ornithorhynchus [platypus] by [Richard Owen], 1832, PT/73/15/23, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 25 June 2024

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