The Platypus is a weird animal. It has a bill and webbed feet like a duck, lays eggs and secretes venom like a snake, and it has fur and produces milk like a mammal. Now scientists have mapped out its genes and are reporting their results. It's interesting to see how they sort out the data. It turns out that this weird little creature has quite a long and varied history. It's not a "primitive" creature but rather one that has followed its own unique evolutionary path.