adobe photoshop 6 book Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium software download adobe photoshop lightroom crack leagal adobe photoshop software for cheap Adobe InCopy CS5 for Mac software download actualizacion adobe illustrator 10 download adobe acrobat tryout crack Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software download adobe illustrator cs2 12.0.0 crackz serialz adobe acrobat 70 professional free download Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 software download adobe photoshop elements 5.0 scrapbook download adobe acrobat standard Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium software download adobe illustrator demos 5.0 acrobat adobe download free reader Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software download adobe illustrator parallogram total training for adobe photoshop cs Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection software download adobe creative suite academic adobe photoshop cs3 mac keygen Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended software download scrolling in adobe illustrator downloading software acrobat adobe form client Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 software download adobe photoshop cs2 filters serial number adobe acrobat 6.0 Adobe Illustrator CS5 software download adobe photoshop killer tips

Between Bird and Mammal Lies the 6th Sense…

March 23, 2009 on 1:45 pm | In Evolution, Life |

This Australian “mammal” is one of the most bizarre creatures on Earth, having many of the characteristics usually reserved for either birds only or mammals only:

Ladies and gentlemen, the duck-billed platypus! Its most notable features are as follows:

1. It lays eggs. This is usually reserved exclusively for birds, reptiles, dinosaurs, etc. And these eggs are tiny! Mammals gestate with the eggs inside of them, giving birth to live young, but here’s a mammal that lays eggs!

2. It’s furry. Like mammals are — no feathers for this guy — the platypus is not only covered in fur, it’s got such a nice coat that it has historically been hunted for its fur!

3. It is venomous! This is extremely rare for mammals, and the platypus itself has three venomous compounds in it that are unique in all of nature to the platypus itself. The venom is emitted through a spur in the platypus’ foot, right around its ankle. And speaking of feet…

4. It has otter-like feet. Totally mammalian, you got it. On the other hand…

5. It has a duck-like bill. Totally bird-like, of course. On the other hand…

6. It has a beaver-like tail. Mammalian, I got it. I suppose we can go on and on, listing all the ways this animal is neither bird nor mammal, all of which I find fascinating. But this animal can do something that you and I cannot, no matter how hard we try. Your skin, your epidermal layer, is fantastic for sensing temperature, pressure, and pain. These three types of sensor suit us remarkably well, and allow us to experience all sorts of interesting sensations, like itch and ticklishness. But the platypus has us beat, because in addition to these, the platypus can detect electricity!

That’s right, the duck-billed platypus has the most sophisticated sense of “electroreception” of any mammal, allowing it to track its aquatic prey by locating where an electrical stimulus resulting from muscle contraction came from. Normally, we only see this in predatory fish, like I’ll show you in the image below:

But here it is, in a platypus! How cool of a sense is that?! So the next time someone tells you about “the sixth sense,” don’t think of ESP and don’t think of Bruce Willis, think about the platypus, an animal with a real sixth sense: the ability to detect electricity!

Because I want a sense like that…


28 Comments »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. I have a sixth sense too, when I don’t do my chores around the house I can sense when my fiance is going to go off on me!

    Comment by Dan — March 23, 2009 #

  2. As Robin Williams has observed, “Does God get stoned? Are you kidding? Check out the platypus.”

    Comment by vanderleun — March 23, 2009 #

  3. The Platypus is nature´s way of saying: “Hey I made this up from some left over parts and it can still kill you”

    Comment by Beasjt — March 25, 2009 #

  4. I’m always surprised when I see how small they are.

    I’ve begged Squishables to get one - as an understudy if need be.

    Comment by Sili — March 28, 2009 #

  5. a true marvel, let’s pray we don’t screw up again and eliminate another little bizarre creature from our midst.

    Comment by mahoon — June 28, 2009 #

  6. nyrmJx

    Comment by Tndyohxl — July 14, 2009 #

  7. It’s amazing how many brown mammals we’re eliminating from the planet. The platypus sort of resembles a modern Dodo too, in a way - let’s hope we can prevent it from suffering the same fate…

    Comment by octacular musteline — August 4, 2009 #

  8. I’ll start with some research that most would feel was from a reputable source. If we examine Fiebert’s annotated bibliography which covers an exhaustive amount of studies, there are many times more studies cited that show women more likely to inflict serious harm, including with the use of weapons, than are men.

    Comment by Carmen Simenson — April 26, 2011 #

  9. It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic however you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    Comment by business presentation — August 8, 2011 #

  10. Whats up! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the nice info you could have right here on this post. I will probably be coming again to your weblog for extra soon.

    Comment by super birki clog — August 26, 2011 #

  11. Most likely you’ve never come across any of us.

    Comment by Arlyne Hartzheim — September 6, 2011 #

  12. I am writing to make you be aware of of the fantastic experience our child went through using your blog. She came to understand such a lot of details, with the inclusion of what it’s like to have a wonderful giving mood to make a number of people quite simply know just exactly selected problematic things. You actually surpassed readers’ expectations. I appreciate you for offering these practical, dependable, revealing not to mention unique tips about that topic to Emily.

    Comment by klikopolo — September 10, 2011 #

  13. I’m writing to make you understand what a amazing experience my wife’s girl enjoyed studying your site. She discovered many pieces, which include what it is like to have an awesome coaching character to have the mediocre ones without difficulty gain knowledge of chosen impossible matters. You really exceeded my desires. Thank you for presenting these invaluable, safe, informative and as well as unique guidance on the topic to Julie.

    Comment by Odis Sangren — September 11, 2011 #

  14. You really exceeded my desires. Thank you for presenting these invaluable, safe, informative and as well as unique guidance on the topic to Julie.

    Comment by Replicas cmisetas futbol — October 12, 2011 #

  15. Documents fancy to thank you for that efforts youve made in script this send. I am hoping the exact similar self-same top meeting as of you inside the future and. In certainty your creative script skills has inspired me to start my peculiar BlogEngine weblog now.

    Comment by hqclassic — October 27, 2011 #

  16. platypussys are veryyy awesomeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Jordyn & Qeyana — December 14, 2011 #

  17. The platypus was not the first of this “bizzare” mammals. Dinectodon in the early Triassic was considered a mammal but walked in a way ONLY reptiles can. Thank you for posting such and interesting topic!

    -You can wear protection, but I will still penatrate. Oh..OHHHH…AAAHH…OOOHHHOOH YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-

    Comment by stealer-of-virginity — February 22, 2012 #

  18. love it

    Comment by מובילים מומלצים — April 16, 2012 #

  19. i love this. !!.

    Comment by מוביל — April 16, 2012 #

  20. Go ahead, Stephanie! You got your own website! It is nice! I love the pictures of you, especially when you were on the beach! Go ahead, my nigga! Gooooo!

    Comment by What'z iz too ya? — December 14, 2012 #

  21. pooo

    Comment by q — March 16, 2013 #

  22. you are pooo

    Comment by q — March 16, 2013 #

  23. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks

    Comment by Search Engine Optimization Blog — April 9, 2013 #

  24. Excellent post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this
    topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

    my site - Detox From Methadone

    Comment by Detox From Methadone — May 24, 2013 #

  25. DYFS categorically refused to conduct these investigation as “they just weren’t parties towards the litigation. I usually takes it inside morning instead of feel dragged down. In addition patients with borderline personality disorder do answer a variety of therapies and medications including atypical antipsychotic meds (abilify), mood stabilizers (lamictal), and ssri medications.

    Comment by abilify without prescription Overnight shipping — January 17, 2014 #

  26. which stands for Deaf Evangelistic Alliance Foundation, founded and chaired by
    Cecilio K. Rheumatoid arthritis may well strike at any age but it takes place
    most usually amid people today in their 20s and 30s.
    Others may offer convenient packaging or special packages for the elderly.

    Comment by arthrotec no prescriptin overnight — January 21, 2014 #

  27. For more inspiring stories, check out the other profiles in Bright Hub’s Collection of
    Interviews and Biographies of Successful Entrepreneurs.
    And the restrictions were not placed on the online drugstores
    but rather on the pharmaceutical companies that were selling these
    drugs on the online pharmacy. The Ladder Manufacturer according to the
    present invention may be supported on the ground in a number of ways.

    Comment by katalysator chinin analgin heal malaria can yoga — January 21, 2014 #

  28. Magnificent website. A lot of helpful info here.
    I am sending it to several pals ans additionally
    sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks in your sweat!

    Comment by https://www.pressmak.com/forum/member.php?action=profile&uid=164015 — February 4, 2014 #

Leave a comment

XHTML: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>

Entries and comments feeds. Valid XHTML and CSS. ^Top^ Powered by TopSoftware4Download.com with a personally modified jd-nebula-3c theme design.