Source: Business Insider
The platypus is being pushed to the “brink of extinction,” according to scientists. A new report says population numbers of the animal have more than halved since Europeans first arrived in Australia. The report predicts that by 2070, population numbers of the animal could plummet by up to 70%. Scientists said pollution, land-clearing, and climate change are the biggest threat to the animal. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Scientists say one of the world’s most unique animal species, the duck-billed-platypus, is on “brink of extinction.” The platypus is part-mammal, part-reptile — the only living mammal that lays eggs to reproduce. According to a new report released by the Biological Conservation journal, the platypus is currently listed as “near-threatened” based on a significant decline in their populations since Europeans first arrived in Australia. The report said the platypus has already disappeared from 40% of its previous habitats on the east coast of Australia, and predicts that in 2070 population numbers could plummet by up to 70%.