Evolution theory

Platypus eggs that proved Darwin’s theory of evolution have been rediscovered 150 years after they were lost

These are the specimens that helped prove the theory of evolution, but they remained lost for 150 years.

Now the University of Cambridge has discovered jars of platypus and echidnas that have played a pivotal role in proving that certain mammals can lay eggs, supporting Charles Darwin’s controversial new hypothesis of natural selection and carrying a crushing blow to creationism.

Until Europeans first encountered the creatures in Australia in the 1790s, it was assumed that all mammals gave birth to live young, but many scientists refused to believe the aberrations were real.

With a tail like a beaver, a flat beak, and webbed feet like a duck, when the first platypus specimens were brought to Europe, people thought they were fakes sewn together.

The finds were discovered in the stores of Cambridge University’s Museum of Zoology, while Deputy Director Jack Ashby was looking for a book on Australian mammals.

“In the 19th century, many conservative scientists did not want to believe that an egg-laying mammal could exist, as it would support the theory of evolution – the idea that a group of animals were able to evolve into a other,” Mr Ashby said.

“Lizards and frogs lay eggs, so the idea of ​​an egg-laying mammal was dismissed by many people – I think they felt it was demeaning to be related to animals that they considered to be lower life forms.”