Scientists discover that the platypus glows in the dark

This phenomenon is spread over such a broad range of the mammalian evolutionary tree that researchers are beginning to wonder if the “proto-mammal” shared the same trait. Image Credit: Goddard Photography As a species, our understanding of the natural world is often limited by our own expectations. Until the 1880s, a full 50 odd thousand […]

Shining a (UV) light on the glow-in-the-dark platypus

IMAGE: The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is one of the oddities of nature: a mammal that lays eggs, and is like a mix of several other animals being duck-billed, beaver-tailed, and otter-footed…. view more  Credit: Goddard Photography The fur of the platypus – an Australian species threatened with extinction – glows green under ultraviolet light, a new […]