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Originally posted by dgtempe
IMO these one of a kind creatures do not exist until one is bagged and studied. They're legends, myths for now and will remain that way until one is provided for scientific study.
the platypus has ten sex chromosomes, compared to two (XY) found in most other mammals (for instance, a male platypus is always XYXYXYXYXY). Furthermore, one of the platypus’s Y-chromosomes shares genes with the ZZ/ZW sex chromosomes found in birds. This news further pronounced the individuality of the platypus in the animal kingdom.
It would be easy for someone to have only made one and then that was the only mule that ever existed and it would be the thing of legends.
Originally posted by ShadeWolf
It is genitically possible because of asexual reproduction. Some snakes can and so can reptiles.
Originally posted by southern_cross3
What's the word for that? Is it "vivisection"? H.G. Wells wrote a fascinating book about that entitled The Island of Dr. Moreau. Very, very creepy.
There have only been two substantiated cases of a mule giving birth in the past quarter century: one in China in 1988 and the other also in Morocco in 1984.
The 14-year-old mother mule gave birth at the end of August, in a small hamlet in the region of Oulmes, 80 kilometres south of the ancient city of Fez.