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Genomic mapping — The platypus is part mammal, bird and reptile

The first complete map of a platypus genome has just been released, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from a creature with 10 sex chromosomes, a pair of venomous spurs, a coat of fluorescent fur, and skin that 'sweats' milk.

Platypus: On the brink of extinction

A new research report flags an urgent issue relating to the remaining platypus population. The study says that action is urgently needed to minimize the risk of the platypus vanishing entirely, as the result of habitat destruction to dams and weirs.

Climate change pushing Australia's platypus towards extinction: researchers

Sydney - Prolonged drought and other effects of climate change are pushing Australia's unique platypus population towards extinction, scientists warned in a study published Monday.

Future uncertain for Australia's unique platypus: researchers

Sydney - Australia's unique platypus population is shrinking under pressure from agriculture and pollution, putting the egg-laying mammals' future in doubt, researchers said in a report published Thursday.

Platypuses decapitated in 'despicable' Australia killings

Sydney - Two platypuses have been found decapitated in Australia, with wildlife officials Tuesday saying they were deliberately killed in "despicable" acts of cruelty.

Giant carnivorous platypus species discovered by one tooth

Sydney - The platypus, when first discovered, was sent to England for study. The academics of the time considered it a hoax. What would they have thought of a metre-long, carnivorous version, with teeth?

Op-Ed: The Platypus Genome is exactly what it looks like, genetically

This has really got genetic science interested. The Australian platypus, which is one of the oldest forms of life on Earth, has a genetic mix which is literally, part bird, part reptile, and part mammal. It lays eggs, and produces milk and venom.

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Four of the five extant monotreme species: platypus (top-left)  short-beaked echidna (top-right)  we...
Four of the five extant monotreme species: platypus (top-left), short-beaked echidna (top-right), western long-beaked echidna (bottom-left), and replica eastern long-beaked echidna (bottom-right).

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