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10:14 am: The Independent's science coverage fails today. The platypus has been DNA-sequenced. As far as I can gather, it has been found to fit rather exactly where it was expected to. The Independent claims

They found the animal's genes are indeed an unusual amalgam derived from the disparate worlds of reptiles, birds and mammals.

No they are not. "similar to", yes. "derived from [birds]" NO. unless there was some hot Archaeopteryx/Castorocauda inter-species action going on. which I would rather not know about.



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Date:May 8th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
Newspapers are incapable of covering science.
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