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Re: Oh no! Not Monotremes again!



> > "Although they resemble reptiles in that they lay eggs, the monotremes are
> > true mammals. They possess such distinctively mammalian characteristics such
> > as mammary glands, hair, a large brain, and a complete diaphragm."
>      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>This is correct.  They should also mention milk glands.

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but aren't mammary glands milk glands?

[...]

>[The main argument between cladists and non-cladists is the validity
>of *para*phyletic taxa].

Could you explain this a little, please? I presume polyphyletic means "many
parents" or something like that, but I'm lost on paraphyletic.

Thanks

James Shields