In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- There are only three living monotremes, the duck-billed platypus and two species of echidna, or ‘spiny anteaters’, such as the one shown at right.
- Placental and marsupial mammals are more closely related to one another than to the third living group of mammals, the monotremes.
- Many of the comprehensive, algorithm-based analyses place multituberculates within the crown group of living mammals, in some cases tentatively united with monotremes.
- The Australian fossil record of monotremes also includes some quite good Miocene and Pleistocene fossils of giant echidnas.
- Molecular evidence now suggests that the marsupials and the monotremes branched off much earlier than the placentals did and that they are therefore the closer relatives.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.