Animal Nation: The True Story of Animals And Australia by Adrian Franklin

By Adrian Franklin

Animals can let us know much approximately ourselves.  the best way we like them as pets, devour them for dinner, lead them to symbols of the country or shun them as invaders and pests illuminates a lot approximately our society and tradition. Animal kingdom strains the advanced relationships among animals and people in Australia. It starts off with the colonial period—when surprising local animals have been hunted virtually to extinction and changed with most well liked species—and brings us complete circle to the current while local species are safe specifically others.

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This also confirmed that the platypus and later the echidna were mammals and did not require a separate order. However, the clincher rested properly on establishing exactly how they reproduced themselves. So in 1832 its mammalian connection was confirmed. How long could it possibly take to resolve its mode of reproduction given that the keenest and best-funded minds saw it as a major scientific question, given the huge rivalry between English, French and other scientists to be the first to find out, and given that Australia was now more accessible and specimens more easy to obtain?

We will see that part of the enigma has to do with the contradictions between official discourse and policy and the reality of people’s attitudes and practices. However, I will also argue that the enigma can only be resolved through an open-minded look at the ways in which animals have been inscribed and have inscribed themselves on the Australian people and how they relate to each other. The animals have not placed a symbolic filter across their interface with each other; they tend to get on with it and see what happens, and much has happened that makes them inextricably intertwined and interdependent, regardless of ‘category’.

8 It was one thing to enjoy the frisson of danger during a momentary gaze, quite another to build one’s home and future with them as one’s only company. We will explore those years of insecurity, fear and disquiet in Chapter 3. But before we do, it is important to understand how Europeans and those living in Australia reacted to these anomalous animals, how the scandal of their discovery created one of the most significant scientific enigmas the world has yet seen, and how important the solution to that enigma was in understanding both the natural world, creation and evolution.

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