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Gotta hand it to the CBS headline writers: Spiky armored worm had 30 legs, will haunt your dreams.

A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water […] is one of the first known animals on Earth to develop protective armor and to sport specialized limbs that likely helped it catch food.

I guess as humans, we’ve managed to develop Under Armor and the opposable thumb, but somehow, we gave up after only 2 legs, none of which are clawed or featherlike. Sad times.

Happy Platypus Friday!

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Long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus bruijni) crossing water, Papua New Guinea , endemic, New Guinea highland forests

Long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus bruijni) crossing water, Papua New Guinea , endemic, New Guinea highland forests

Thanks to the fine folks at Wired for running their own feature, “absurd creature of the week”. They recently featured the echidna which:

lay eggs like reptiles and detect electrical fields like sharks. They’ve got the mug of an anteater and the spines of a porcupine. And of course the males have four-headed penises like … well, maybe something out of hentai?

But even more fascinating is their link to synapsids.

Synapsid tree

You can see where we diverged from the reptiles a Very Long Time Ago, but the super cool part is that the creature below is more closely related to us than to a lizard. Somewhat mind blowing.

Dimetrodon skeleton

Happy Platypus Freedom Day!

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This dude is taking things to the next level. As quoted in the Malaysian Digest:

“Externally, I am now a platypus,” he said. “My resemblance is the way I want it to be. It takes bravery to do what I’ve done and I will keep modifying my body until I am happy.”

And from Lidtime:

He added “Even after these transformation, I can normally eat, talk and even sing. I feel everything normal”.

Singing is the essence of the human spirit. Rock on dude, and happy Platypus Friday!