duck-billed platypus


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duck-billed platypus

an amphibious egg-laying mammal, Ornithorhynchus anatinus, of E Australia, having dense fur, a broad bill and tail, and webbed feet: family Ornithorhynchidae
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Rocky River is packed with wildlife, including curious kangaroos and wallabies, which you're asked not to feed, while there's also a chance to glimpse a duck-billed platypus.
Peter is a bronzed surfer played on a piccolo trumpet, his friend is now a laughing kookaburra played on a soprano saxophone, and the duck has become a duck-billed platypus whose pleasant theme is played on the bassoon.
Earlier this year scientists unravelled the genome sequence for another uniquely Australian animal, the duck-billed platypus.
YOU'LL be pleased to know scientists have cracked the genetic code of the duck-billed platypus.
The first analysis of the genome sequence of the duck-billed platypus was published today by an international team of scientists, revealing clues about how genomes were organized during the early evolution of mammals.
On the other hand, Siegel has found that the duck-billed platypus, which isn't a particularly brainy animal, has "spectacular" REM sleep--twitching its bill and legs throughout this stage.
There are only two types of monotremes in existence today: the duck-billed platypus and the spiny anteater (shown at right).
There are only two living species of monotremes, the duck-billed platypus and the echidna, a type of spiny ant-eater.
They also brought along a duck-billed platypus expert to have a good look at his lips.
The configuration of these ear bones is similar in all three extant groups of mammals: the placental mammals, which bear live young, the pouched marsupials, and the egg-laying monotremes, such as the duck-billed platypus. Because of the complexity of the bone arrangement, some scientists have argued that the innovation arose just once--in a common ancestor of the three mammalian groups.
THE weird and wonderful duck-billed platypus just got even more weird and more wonderful.
Animal: Duck-billed platypus (A quirky duckobeaver!)