Platypus genome deciphered

The gene-jockeys have now taken their craft to the strangest mammal on earth – the egg-laying, poison-spur wearing, nipple-less baby nursing, duck-billed, aquatic, electro-sensing platypus.

According to this story from the BBC, a scientific team headed by the University of Oxford sampled over 100 platypuses, comparing pieces of their DNA to the complete sequence obtained from a single female. The study, published in the journal Nature, confirms an ancient lineage for the platypus, and revealed a mix of mammalian, avian, and reptilian affinities.

Further proof of evolution in action, if you ask me.

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17 Responses to Platypus genome deciphered

  1. Stacey says:

    Hi! I LOVE platypuses. (I don’t think platypii is the correct spelling!) I am a HUGE fan of all platypus sites, and I am really excited to be the first person to make a comment! I really don’t have anything to say, I just wanted to make a comment!


  2. Thanks for your comment Stacey, and for being a friend of platypuses everywhere.


  3. Benji says:

    Hey i think thgis website is awsum, its has abit of info on the Platypus and im glad i could find sum of the info i needed, i am currently doing a Certificate 3 in Captive Animals and i was researching sum stuff about the beautiful Platypus, thanks for the nhelp guys, you and this website rocks… cheers


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  5. beans says:

    what amazing creatures…do they fall under a classification or species?
    i am making a platypus puppet for my baby cousin. 🙂
    thanks for the info!


  6. jmxz says:

    “Further proof of evolution in action, if you ask me.”

    How so. Surely the very same Flying Spaghetti Monster who buried Dinosaur bones and carefully tweaked the carbon-14 ratios in other fossil remains could have added such genes into a platypus , no?


  7. amie says:

    i love platypuses they are so cute


  8. Ericka says:

    Omg They Are So Feaken Cute Hhahaha


  9. katie says:

    i love platypus’s. your goona think im so strange when i say this but my boyfriend kids around and calls me one all the time. he started this randomly so ever since ive been do resurce on the little buggers their kinda neat 🙂


  10. Kyrstie says:

    Extremely interesting creatures. I would love to learn more about them. 🙂


  11. bob says:

    platypuss is cool


  12. bob says:

    i love platypuses theyare really cool and amazing to look and learn about


  13. star says:

    i love them


  14. Robin Grant says:

    I wish i was a platypus


  15. Kelly says:

    I LOVE the PLATYPUS! You need to push for a Platypus sanctuary at the HENRY DOORLY ZOO! You push at your end and I’ll push at my end and eventually we will get what we want! YES!


  16. that1punkgirl says:

    duck + beaver = platypus 🙂


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