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This is “designed” for children, but I think Barney has far better songs:

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And the notion that a stuffed dinosaur can turn into talking, super-friendly t-rex is about as realistic as the theory expressed in this song.

Let me see: God took bits and pieces of other animals to make the platypus? Why couldn’t He just just create it as is?

I don’t think Buddy Davis has ever seen a platypus. In our popular imagination, the platypus is just a duck-billed beaver with venomous spurs (in the case of the males).

Um. It’s not.

The size of a platypus is much smaller than we Norther Hemisphere denizens expect. They are less than two feet long and weigh just a few pounds.

A beaver is the size of a mid-sized dog.

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Modern biological research has also shown another mystery about the platypus. At least it’s a mystery for evolutionists. While the platypus is classified as a mammal, it is genetically as different from all other mammals as mammals are from birds. Nor is the platypus genetically like the bird. This leaves the platypus with absolutely no evolutionary history, almost as if it had simply popped into existence.

Um. No.

Comparative genomics shows Ian Taylor to be rather incorrect in his analysis:

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But this information isn’t easily explained in thirty seconds, and it doesn’t appear on gospel radio stations in the Bible Belt.

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Platypus fight

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I don’t know if these are two males spurring each other with their venomous spurs, but it is still cool to watch.

 

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Thylacine and platypus

I asked this question yesterday about this depiction: “What is wrong with this picture?”

What I was looking for is that the size is all wrong. A thylacine was as big a Labrador (of the standard size).

The platypus is 17-20 inches long, and it weighs 1.5 to 5 pounds.

It is far smaller in the real world than this depiction suggests.

Even a thylacine cub that was of the age in which it could hunt would still be much larger than a platypus.

Now, one of the comments said that platypuses don’t exist in Tasmania.

Well, actually they do.

The darker shade on this map represents the platypus’s range:

Platypus range map

Now, I must admit that the only reason why I knew they were found in Tasmania is because I used to watch the Crocodile Hunter rather religiously.

The only episode that included a platypus was the episode in which he wandered around Tasmania.

I notice that this platypus has spurs, which means it’s a male. These spurs deliver a venom that can kill a dog. A platypus of the size of the one in that picture probably could kill a horse!

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