|Laurie Corrin, a community volunteer from Kirkland, WA
||Tim Mercure, a graduate student in mathematics from Washington, DC
||Erin Delaney, an English professor from North Hills, CA (2-day total: $53,999)
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: WORLD FAUNA
Final Jeopardy! clue: Platypuses are to what this Pacific island what alligators are to Florida
What is Tasmania? (Incorrect responses, if any, as well as game stats, can be found in the comments section.)
Erin 8400 – 8400 = 0
Laurie 10200 – 6601 = 3599
Tim 13500 + 6901 = 20401
The platypus is found in terrain ranging from the high country of Tasmania and the Australian Alps to lowland areas close to the sea. Although it has on occasion been seen swimming in salt water, the platypus must feed in fresh water, where its electrical navigation system is operative. The platypus is present in all eastern Australian states in both eastward- and westward-flowing river systems, but it is absent from far northern Queensland and, unlike its relatives, the echidnas, does not appear to have colonized the island of New Guinea.
The living platypus family (Ornithorhynchidae) includes the Paleogene and Neogene platypuses (genera Monotrematum and Obdurodon as well as Ornithorhychus). The discovery of M. sudamericanum in 62 million-year-old Patagonian sediments confirmed that platypuses were once distributed through the southern continents that were once linked geographically (Gondwanaland). Species of Monotrematum and Obdurodon, which retained functional teeth, were generally larger and more robust than the living platypus.
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