Go Home, Evolution Fitted Ladies' Tee
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Does anybody know where Evolution was somewhere between 19 and 48 million years ago? Because somebody has some explaining to do.
We all know the platypus is odd. It's an egg-laying mammal. It's generally described as having the characteristics of other animals: duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed. Indeed genome sequencing shows it has mammalian and reptilian DNA, "as well as two genes found previously only in birds, amphibians, and fish." (Wikipedia citing an article in Nature). But did you know....
- The platypus is a carnivore, but it has no teeth past infancy.
- The males are venomous.
- It has 10 sex chromosomes instead of 2 (a male has 5 X chromosomes and 5 Y chromosomes).
- The female has a pair of ovaries, but only the left one is functional, and also a duplex uterus. She produces milk but has no teats; her milk is released directly through pores in her skin.
- The platypus is one of two mammals (the other being one type of dolphin) which has electroreception (like sharks... or Electro).
So, you know, the next time you have to tell the story of the horrible tattoo you ended up with after that night in Vegas with your buddies, remember the poor platypus. It could be worse. You could have accidentally created this wonderfully weird creature with webbed feet and superpowers.
The words "go home, evolution / you're drunk" frame a scientific drawing of a platypus on this silver shirt, fitted in juniors sizing.