Monday, 22 June 2009
Platypus puzzle - "Platypuzzle"
In honour of the third programme in David Attenborough's fascinating series of "life stories" here's a platypus puzzle. As I'm sure you're well aware the platypus (meaning "flat footed", or to give it it's correct biological nomenclature "Ornithorhynchus" meaning "bird billed", ta Dave...:) is a werid and wonderful conglomeration... bits of a reptile here, a jigger of mammal there. Platypus suckle their young (although they don't have nipples) like all mammals, are warm blooded (albeit at a lower temperature than most other mammals), have reptilian like reproductive systems producing soft membrane eggs, have reptile like skeletal features, all topped off with an electromagnetic sensing skin covered bill (hammerhead shark...?). Oh, and not to forget a fat reservoir beaver like tail and, amazingly, venomous horned spurs behind each hind limb! A crazy mixed up little chap! You've got till friday to tune in to David Attenborough's reminiscences. I highly recommend it.