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Platypus's may be finally have a use!

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Platypus could help beat superbugs, aid in climate change | Herald Sun

Victorian Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said platypus antimicrobials are 10 times more powerful in killing bacteria than some antimicrobials commonly used with humans.
"If introduced into the stomachs of cattle, these platypus antimicrobials could improve an animal's digestion of feed and reduce methane production, one of Australia's largest contributors of total greenhouse gas emissions," he said.
yes, the animals God made of spare parts are actually useful for something.

 

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So if one was introduced into the body politic of the US, the end result would be a sharp reduction in the Sh*t expressed by that body?
 

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Platypuses (platypi?) are incredible creatures.
I believe they're the only mammal that lays eggs, aren't they?
Very interesting animals.
 

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Platypuses (platypi?) are incredible creatures.
I believe they're the only mammal that lays eggs, aren't they?
Very interesting animals.
Echidnas are egg laying as well.
 

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Echidnas. I had never heard of them.
Fascinating.

Looks like a cross between a porcupine and an anteater...
 

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Echidnas. I had never heard of them.
Fascinating.

thats gotta be the saddest lookin' echida i've ever seen, most look more like this


did you know that the spines on the echidna are actually hairs that have fused together.
them and platypi are the only two monotremes
and male platypi have a poisonous spur on their leg
and that i know lots of useless info about Aussie animals
 
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thats gotta be the saddest lookin' echida i've ever seen, most look more like this


did you know that the spines on the echidna are actually hairs that have fused together.
them and platypi are the only two monotremes
and male platypi have a poisonous spur on their leg
and that i know lots of useless info about Aussie animals
But they have birdlike feet and a sort of vestigal beak-type mouth/nose/snout.
There was clearly a crossroads, millions of years ago, where they could've evolved a different way.

Evolution is very interesting to me.
 

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But they have birdlike feet and a sort of vestigal beak-type mouth/nose/snout.
There was clearly a crossroads, millions of years ago, where they could've evolved a different way.

Evolution is very interesting to me.
yes, it seems they could have easily gone down the avian route, the term monotreme is greek for single hole, indicating they have a cloaca just like birds do
 

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thats gotta be the saddest lookin' echida i've ever seen, most look more like this
But that looks nothing like Knuckles.



^The only reason why I (and most people my age) know that echidnas exist.
 
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Platypuses (platypi?) are incredible creatures.
I believe they're the only mammal that lays eggs, aren't they?
Very interesting animals.
They are also one of the few venomus mamals.
 
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