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Why Odd Egg-Laying Mammals Still Exist

• LiveScience

The reason that odd, egg-laying mammals still exist today may be because their ancestors took to the water, scientists now suggest.

The egg-laying mammals — the monotremes, including the platypus and spiny anteaters — are eccentric relatives to the rest of mammals, which bear live young. In addition to laying eggs, other quirks make them seem more like reptiles than our kin.

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