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Platypus Paradoxes

After elucidating echidna eccentricities in the preceding item, we now provide platypus paradoxes.

(Hoffman, Eric; "Paradoxes of the Platypus," Scientific American, 264:18, March 1991.)

Comment. The "beaver" part just mentioned was not in Hoffman's article; we added it because it underscores the ap parent convergent evolution of platypus and beaver.

Reference. For many more platypus curiosities, refer to BMA25, BMA50 in our catalog Biological Anomalies: Mammals I and BMO8 in Biological Anomalies: Mammals II. Information on these books may be found here.

From Science Frontiers #75, MAY-JUN 1991. � 1991-2000 William R. Corliss