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The Ancient Platypus

Fretmorhipis carrolldongi has been considered by experts as the ancient platypus. The fossils of the bizarre aquatic creature have been uncovered in Southern China, leading experts to brainstorm on its methods of hunting and biological similarities to that of the modern-day platypus.

Named for its oar-like features, the animal stayed afloat in cisterns, while navigating the sound-deprived depths through sensory touch with tactile hair cells.

Studies take scientists through a process of elimination in establishing the functions of the preserved creature. E. carrolldongi may have lived 250 million years ago during the Early Triassic period but mysteries abound regarding its feeding habits and movements.

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