By the time modern platypuses and spiny anteaters
arose without adult teeth, the biting evidence was buried in the past.
They are the echidna, a spiny anteater
, and the duck-billed platypus, both from Australia.
While named for the Australian spiny anteater
, Project Echidna has survived so many near-death experiences, perhaps it should be named Project Feline.
The world's only other monotreme is the echidna, or spiny anteater
, which is also native to Australia.
Mammals abound in the rain forestas well and include the tree kangaroo; the nocturnal and predominantly vegetarian possum; the echidna, or spiny anteater
, whose quills make it look like a porcupine; the dingo, an Australian species that resembles the dog but belongs to the wolf family; the platypus, Australia's most unusual animal, which swims like fish, lays eggs like birds, and gives milk like mammals; and the tiny-eyed, insecteating horseshoe bat.