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Posted On: 2012-08-20 10:11:18
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Is a platypus a mammal?

is a platypus a mammal - if it is a mammal why aren't its young born live?

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5 years 7 months ago

Platypus is part bird, mammal and reptile.
Scientists Say they have mapped the genetic makeup of the platypus — one of nature's
strangest animals with a bill like a duck's, a mammal's fur and snake-like venom.....The
platypus is classed as a mammal because it has fur and feeds its young with milk. It flaps
a beaver-like tail. But it also has bird and reptile features — a duck-like bill and
webbed feet, and lives mostly underwater".
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3 months 1 week ago
Platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. But it sure is one wierd creature :)
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5 years 8 months ago

Of course it is a mammal. It is a warm blooded animal with fur. That alone tells you it is a mammal. Though, a Platypus is one of only a few mammals that lay eggs instead of having live young. There are 4 species of Echidna that also lay eggs. The Platypus and Echidnas are the only Monotremes that live today. Monotremes are egg laying mammals. The eggs are leathery, like reptile eggs. The male Platypus also has a spur on the hind foot that contains venom for defense if a predator grabs it from behind. If you want to learn more about these animals then go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus.
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5 years 7 months ago
platypus is part bird, mammal and reptile.
Scientists Say they have mapped the genetic makeup of the platypus — one of nature's strangest animals with a bill like a duck's, a mammal's fur and snake-like venom.....The platypus is classed as a mammal because it has fur and feeds its young with milk. It flaps a beaver-like tail. But it also has bird and reptile features — a duck-like bill and webbed feet, and lives mostly underwater". http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/scienc
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5 years 7 months ago
They are not part of different animal groups or species now. They evolved from other species in different animal groups, as we did. Many animals evolved from reptiles. If you read the article that you are quoting then you would not have copied and pasted one part of it as an incomplete answer. They are mammals, as we have known for a very long time. The new genetic and DNA mapping gives more answers into the evolutionary history of how some species became what they are today. Read before writing
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1 year 1 month ago
Caveman, it is a mammal because it has mammary glands, not because it is warm blooded nor because it has fur.
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1 year 1 month ago
Having mammary glands are only one aspect of being a mammal. All mammals, including aquatic, have hair at some point in their life and are warm blooded. I was simply answering the basic question asked, not trying to give a total scientific answer, which was not needed and most people won't remember.
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1 year 1 month ago
All animals that have mammary glands are mammals. Warm-blooded animals may or may not be mammals and the same with hairy animals. Introducing warm-blooded and hairy into the definition CONFUSES the issue instead of making it simpler.
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5 years 9 months ago

The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

A good resource is here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus
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5 years 9 months ago
Very interesting- thanks for all the info and knowledgeable response
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