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You'd think they would get it right.

The California Academy of Sciences has a new exhibit: going: 'Extreme Mammals'.  Extremely large, extremely hairy, extremely this and that.  

The exhibit under 'Extremely Weird': the platypus.

*facepalm*  which is a monotreme, not a mammal.

[EDIT] Oh-KAY!

I thought the egg-laying disqualified it, I forgot there was a distinction between 'placental mammals' and 'mammals with other weird hookups'.

God stepped on the beak of the poor platypus
And that's how he came to have so flat a puss.
Oh, who can imagine what it's like to be stuck
With a rear like a beaver and a front like a duck?


If that's an intelligent design, God must have been nipping at the cooking sherry while He was on the job ;)

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dewhitton
Apr. 6th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Still a mammal. It has mammaries, fur and is warm blooded.

Echidnas are more extreme.

Edited at 2010-04-07 12:00 am (UTC)
oceansedge
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
yeah it's kinda a grey area - but the whioole warm blooded fur and mammaries makes it pretty mammalian
ccdesan
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Regardless of it's species, genus, order or class, it looks like what happened when God stopped shuffling his feet and put everything left over from creation into a blender. Talk about a strange beast!

We call him 'Duck-billed Platypus', and mock him for his name,
And yet he does not mind it, he does not feel the shame,
Because he does not know himself by titles such as these:
He's a 'Golden Shining Lovebird' In Duckbill-Platypese.

(Flanders and Swann's Bestiary - from "Threesome")

Edited at 2010-04-07 12:14 am (UTC)
jordan179
Apr. 7th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Well ... a monotreme is in Class Mammalia. It's just not in our infraclass, which is Eutheria. It's in the infraclass Prototheria.
dianagaidheal
Apr. 7th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Response to ccdesan
I love the poem, if that's what it is. :)
alaskawolf
Apr. 7th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
i still want a pet platypus =3
deckardcanine
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
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