spiny anteater


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spiny anteater:

see echidnaechidna
or spiny anteater,
animal of the order Monotremata, the egg-laying mammals. A short-legged, grayish brown animal, the echidna is covered with sharp quills and can protect itself by rolling into a tight bristly ball. It may reach 18 in. (46 cm) in length.
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Lead author Dr Matt Phillips, of the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said that the echidna has evolved from the semi-aquatic platypus-like form to the modern terrestrial spiny anteater in a relatively short time.
One clan included Ausktribosphenos and two other molar-bearing fossils from the Southern Hemisphere, along with the monotremes--furry Australian egg-laying mammals that include the platypus and spiny anteater.
There are only two types of monotremes in existence today: the duck-billed platypus and the spiny anteater (shown at right).
We stopped to by the road to see a rare wild echidna (spiny anteater) and emus found it fun to chase the bus.