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Species: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
you fail, next
8/25/2007 12:48:41 PM
Platypi are venomous?
8/25/2007 12:50:12 PM
Looks like an example OF evolution.
You fail squared.
8/25/2007 12:51:16 PM
Hey, Katy! If you bothered to check around a bit,you'd find that scientists have no problem explaining the platypus.
That took all of about 30 seconds to find.
8/25/2007 12:52:07 PM
The platypus doesn't violate any laws. It may violate norms or ordinary expectations, but not laws.
Several mammal species have webbed feet.
I think the platypus can be viewed as an interesting triumph of evolution. It is one of those forms that betrays mammal's origins from reptiles.
8/25/2007 12:52:17 PM
the platypus is unusual, but in a way it is a living fossil that shows what the first ancestors of modern mammals may have been like. It's a link between mammals and reptiles.
8/25/2007 12:56:16 PM
Dammit! everyone already proved you wrong.
...The one time I actually knew odd facts about an animal...
8/25/2007 12:58:20 PM
@Boxtop: the females have a poisonous claw on the hind feet.
8/25/2007 1:17:16 PM
The platypus goes against all the laws. It's a mammal, but it lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is one of the few venomous mammals. It has webbed feet, fur, and has a bill like a duck.
Actually, marsupials (e.g., kangaroos, opossums) sort of lay eggs. They don't develop a true placenta. They produce an egg with a yolk but no shell. The fetus absorbs the yolk, but doesn't become fully mature. It enters the pouch in a fetal state and finishes developing there.
The fact that it's one of the few venomous mammals means nothing. The bat is one of the few mammals with wings. Just because something is rare doesn't mean it disproves the ToE.
Plenty of mammals have webbed feet, including my Chesapeake Bay retriever ... seals, for example.
Most mammals have fur.
The platypus's bill is nothing like a duck's, except in superficial appearance. This isn't surprising, since both animals feed by rooting in underwater mud.
8/25/2007 1:26:00 PM
Or it's a transitional species between reptiles and mammals. And is actually a hodge podge of creatures that I've seen creationists whining don't exist.
8/25/2007 1:28:36 PM
The platypus goes against all the laws.
No it doesn't. Nature follows none of the pathetic esoteric rules we've made up for it.
It's a mammal, but it lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young.
Yes a monotherme, one of the oldest mammalian families, dating back 200 million years. Is this the best you've got?
It is one of the few venomous mammals.
Much in the same way bats are the only flying mammals? Or how cetaceans are the only ocean bound mammals?
It has webbed feet,
All the better to swim with my dear.
Hence it's a mammal.
and has a bill like a duck.
Yeah that's how it eats.
But before you even bother to ask biologists have already mapped out the platypus' history thanks to genetics and fossils found in Australia. Furthermore since Australia is an island continent completely cut off from gene flow evolution predicts that it will have it's own unique organisms found no where else on Earth, and guess what? Evolution is right.
8/25/2007 1:45:30 PM
Relying on outdated observations to support your claims isn't going to work. Do a little googling and find your mistake.
8/25/2007 1:45:41 PM
She's just repeating what pastor Groper Feely told her.
8/25/2007 1:48:04 PM
Gee, actually the platypus could be viewed as PROOF as evolution as it EVOLVED to fit its surroundings. If God exists, fundies are definite proof God knows how to make a joke.
8/25/2007 2:14:55 PM
There is no excuse for these sorts of statements from someone with access to the internet.
8/25/2007 2:20:41 PM
Repeat those worn out talking points over and over, who knows someone might believe you. Next you gonna tell us that bumble bees shouldn't be able to fly?
8/25/2007 2:53:05 PM
geographic isolation. next.
8/25/2007 2:54:46 PM
Actually it can be explained. It's called wiki. You lose.
8/25/2007 3:19:33 PM
If Katy-Anne's brain worked as efficiently as her mouth she would be truly awesome.
8/25/2007 3:28:01 PM
From later in the same thread:
Hey, guess what, Shh, this is a secret. A SEA SPUNGE CAN ONLY CREATE ANOTHER SEA SPUNGE THROUGHT BREADING. The Idea that some how millions of years ago, some how the sea spung grew legs and walked off and turned into a fish is Crazy.
Well next time you watch Spunge Bob Square Pants, that's our earliest ansester, give me a break
Suddenly Katy-Anne starts to look intelligent!
8/25/2007 3:40:24 PM
The thing about the platypus is that it's basically a living transition and proves you wrong.
Funny how god's sense of humor works that way.
8/25/2007 4:32:00 PM
I'm now starting to think that Katy-Anne is a troll on their site.
8/25/2007 4:44:46 PM
God's sense of humour with evolutionists
Ah, so I guess Katy-Ann is a Pastafarian! As we all know, the FSM planted fossils to keep scientists entertained.
8/25/2007 5:53:24 PM
Yeah. It is a monotreme and actually offers a wonderfull insight into the evolution of other mammals. There is another critter in the montreme branch, and that is an Echidna which is a little ant-eater thing (a bit larger than a hedgehog, but filling the same evolutionary niche).
The female of the platypus has a poisonous spur on its rear legs used for defence (not predation), and it hunts using its delicate bill that detects small electrical disturbances in the water. It then also uses the bill to push sand and pebbles aside to get at the food that is hiding there.
Amazing what a little education can tell you isn't it. Actually, that might not be too fair, as I was born and educated in Australia and it would be pretty hard to avoid learning about the Platypus here.
Still, in the days of the internet, there is no excuse for this ignorance.
8/25/2007 6:13:05 PM
Actually it is the male platypus that is poisonous. It is true that they have a type of claw, they do not have poison glands.
8/25/2007 6:37:26 PM
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