Introducing a smattering of "the biggest, smallest, and most amazing mammals of all time":
- The tiniest mammal to ever roam the earth (at least that we know of) lived about 50 million years ago and was about the size of a thumbnail. It was called a batodonoides.
- In addition to the duck-like bill and webbed feet, the platypus possesses yet another odd characteristic: a venomous spike on each back leg. Females are born with the spikes, but they fall off after about a year; males retain their spikes for life.
- skunk fur is really, really soft (I always imagined that it would be coarse and never thought I'd get close enough to find out.)
- horned beavers really existed!
Duck for cover!