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Evolution's Top 10 Coolest Tricks!

By Becky Ferreira Mar 19, 2013

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Everything But the Kitchen Sink

There is a famous saying: "God has a sense of humor. Just look at the platypus." True to its reputation, the platypus seems like an evolutionary joke, and was thought to be a hoax for years before its existence was confirmed. It lays eggs and has a bill like a duck (despite being a mammal), electrolocates like a dolphin, has the tail of a beaver, warms itself with fur thicker than that of polar bears, and sports venomous spurs on top of everything else. It is truly a natural oddity, and a testament to the diversity of life on Earth.

Tags: animals, jellyfish, slideshows, nature, life, evolution

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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