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monotremes oviparous, ovum meroblastic


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  • By the way, according to some websites (including the New York Times) the message is in Latin. It's not true, of course.

    June 6, 2009

  • Thought you'd like it, pro. Actually it was your "hedgehogs are not a rodent" comment that led to me browsing for info on hedgehogs, then echidnas and platypussies.

    June 6, 2009

  • yarb, I could love you for this one!

    June 6, 2009

  • 'When the Platypus was first discovered, scientists were divided over whether the female laid eggs. This was not confirmed until 1884 when W. H. Caldwell was sent to Australia where, after extensive searching assisted by a team of 150 Aborigines, he managed to discover a few eggs. Mindful of the high cost of wiring England based on the cost per word, Caldwell famously but tersely wired London, "Monotremes oviparous, ovum meroblastic". That is, monotremes lay eggs, and the eggs are similar to those of reptiles in that only part of the egg divides as it develops.'

    - Wikipedia

    June 5, 2009