I'd have to say that, right behind possums, I love platypus. One of my avatars for a local community blog is a picture of a platypus. I love platypus because they're so bizarre. Well, it looks like someone decoded the genome of the platypus.
Arguably the oddest beast in Nature's menagerie, the platypus looks as if were
assembled from spare parts left over after the animal kingdom was otherwise
What does Robin Williams say? Something about a creator smoking dope when making the platypus? I once asked an evangelical creationist about the platypus and they said that the animal was "a prime example" that god must exist because nothing that "random" would evolve.
Now scientists know why. According to a study released Wednesday, the egg-laying
critter is a genetic potpourri -- part bird, part reptile and part lactating
Wow. I didn't see that one coming. How cool is that?
"The platypus genome is extremely important, because it is the missing link in
our understanding of how we and other mammals first evolved," explained Oxford
University's Chris Ponting, one of the study's architects.
I can't wait to see Kent Hovind's jailhouse discussion with God about the platypus. I'm not sure if I like that they used the term "missing link". Who wants to lay odds on how fast Kirk and Ray will have a Way of the Master episode saying, "Evolutionists want you to believe that you came from a platypus..." *rolls eyes*
Anyway...it's a really cool article. And, how many other blog entries, that you know of, used the word platypus nine times? ;)