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The Platypus and Us

Article Summary   by:TGreenslade     Original Author: Mart De Haan
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What is it? Stitched together with the spare parts of other creatures, the Platypus has the body of a beaver and the face of a duck.

 When specimens from Australia arrived in Europe in the 18th century, biologists thought they were looking at a taxidermist’s hoax. Marlowe Hood explains that scientists studying the genomes of the platypus have had a break-through in classifying it. They’ve discovered that this egg-laying critter really is a genetic stew — part bird, part reptile and part lactating mammal.

Published: May 09, 2008   
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