Platypus genome reveals links between reptiles, mammals

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 14:07 in Biology & Nature

Scientists still don't know what to make of the duck-billed platypus, a mammal that lays eggs, has a bill like a bird and can deliver venom like a reptile. But they say they are a little closer to understanding the oddball of the animal kingdom with the publication this week of its genome sequence.

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