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The monotreme genome: A patchwork of reptile, mammal and unique features

Gruetzner, Frank; Deakin, Janine; Rens, Willem; El-Mogharbel, Nisrine; Graves, Jennifer

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The first specimen of platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) that reached Britain in the late 18th century was regarded a scientific hoax. Over decades the anatomical characteristics of these unique mammals, such as egg laying and the existence of mammary glands, were hotly debated before they were accepted. Within the last 40 years, more and more details of monotreme physiology, histology, reproduction and genetics have been revealed. Some show similarities with birds or reptiles, some with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/77034
Source: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2003.09.014

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