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Bird? Reptile? Mammal? All three?

If it has a bill and webbed feet like a duck, lays eggs like a bird or reptile but also produces milk and has a coat of fur like a mammal, what could the genetics of the duck-billed platypus possibly be like? Well, just as peculiar — an amalgam of genes reflecting significant branching and transitions in evolution.

More at “Platypus Genome”

May 7, 2008 - Posted by | animals, Strange |

1 Comment

  1. The platypus is also one of the few venomous mammals. Males have a spur on the back foot with venom capable of causing severe pain to humans (Wiki).

    Comment by Naomi | May 8, 2008

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