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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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