In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The platypus and the echidna - a nocturnal, burrowing mammal with a spiny coat, long claws, and no teeth - are the only known living members of a type of animal known as monotremes.
- The egg-laying platypus and its cousin, the anteater, along with marsupials, make up the most primitive group of living mammals.
- The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.
- Two of the most amazing mammals on Earth are the naked mole-rat and the platypus.
- From the looks of you, if the gin had taken on the platypus, the platypus would've lost.
- Castorocauda has the ankle spurs characteristic of its nearest living relative, the platypus, which uses them for territorial defense.
- Like the echidna, an adult platypus has no teeth.
- The only living monotremes are the platypuses and the echidnas.
- The egg-laying platypus of Australia is the world's most poisonous mammal.
- But it is the immediate predecessor of modern mammals, such as the platypus and the echidna.
- They are protected in a temporary pouch in echidnas but not platypuses.
- Like these higher mammals, the platypus and the echidna also have a jaw composed of a single bone, three inner-ear bones, relatively high metabolic rates, and hair.
- Male platypuses have a sharp spur attached to each ankle.
- The platypus is considered a primitive mammal, yet its bill appears to be highly advanced.
- It is not an exaggeration to say the platypus is Australia's most curious creature.
- Only four mammals besides the platypus are poisonous (but not lethal to humans).
- The mascots at the Summer 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, were a platypus named Syd, an echidna called Millie, and a kookaburra called Olly.
- Perth Zoo is another fine place to see native wildlife, such as the platypus and echidna that were the inspiration for the Olympic mascots.
- On page 23 the authors state, ‘The platypus has a bill like a duck and fur like a mammal, but has never been considered transitional.’
- The duckbill platypus is a current member of the ancient monotreme group.
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