Platypus' are actually birds, not mammals because the have bills.
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I believe platypus have evolved over time because some birds are scared of heights and therefore would prefer to swim.
My opponent's argument here is that Platypus' are birds. As Con, my burden of proof is to prove that Platypus' are not birds.
First of all, I would like to note a small contridiction stated in his argument, and in the title.
In his argument, he writes, "This is shown through their beak, no other mammal has a beak therefore it can not be possible for a platypus to be a mammal."
In his title he states, "Platypus' are actually birds, not mammals because the have bills."
In his title his justification is because they have bills, in his argument it's because they have a beak.
His title is correct, but his argument is wrong. A platypus does not have a beak, it has a bill. Since his argument assumes that a Platypus has a beak, the entire argument falls.
Now that i've proven his whole argument false, I will prove why a Platypus is infact a mammal.
A mammal has the following characteristics :
1. All mammals are warm blooded.
2. Most young are born alive.
3. They have hair or fur on their bodies
4. Every mammal is a vertebrate.
5. All mammals have lungs to breathe air.
6. Mammals feed milk to their babies.
1a. A platypus is warm blooded 
2a. A platypus is born alive (I think this is super obvious, which is why I didn't include a source)
3a. A platypus has fur on their bodies when it is born 
4a. A platypus has a vertebre 
5a. A platypus has lungs 
6a. A platypus feeds milk to it's babies 
Please vote Con, as Pro has absolutely no evidence to back up his claim, and his thinking is very irrational.
 and  http://australianmuseum.net.au...
The con argument has flawed himself, he did not include a reference regarding the reproduction of platypus' and is actually wrong. They lay eggs exactly like other birds, (1)
Platypus also have webbed feet much like other birds. (2) It is obvious that platypus are birds.
Pro states, "The lay eggs, just like other birds."
Just because something lays eggs doesn't mean it's a bird. Snakes lay eggs , and they aren't birds.
Characteristiscs of a bird :
A Platypus doesn't have all of the features required to be considered a beard. First of all, a platypus doesn't have feathers, it has fur. Next, all birds have wings - Platypus don't have wings.
I can't tell if this is a troll debate or not, but please vote Con in the name of science; our classification system has been perfected over the years, and this guy seriousy thinks that a platypus is bird.
Platypus' have feathers. Their fur is actually made of of hundreds of thousands on tiny feathers creating the illusion of feathers.
You also seemed to avoid my valid point that platypus' are actually birds that are afraid of heights. Their wings have evolved over time to that of webbed 'feet' however they are scientifically classified at wings. I am from Australia and have personally witnessed a platypus fly for a short period of time. much like a chicken flying... it's limited.
Finally you stated "A Platypus doesn't have all of the features required to be considered a beard." However we are not debating whether or not Platypus have beards because it is clear that they do, we are actually debating that they are birds. You have brought beards into this because you have realised the short fall in your argument and are trying to distract me and the voters from your weak argument.
It is obvious that platypus are birds.
Pro states, "Platypus' have feathers. Their fur is actually made of of hundreds of thousands on tiny feathers creating the illusion of feathers."
He has no source on this, and it's invalid. I presented a source previously that Platypus' did have fur.
A bird DOES NOT HAVE TO FLY! it just needto HAVE WINGS. A platypus does not have wings. Plain and simple.
I'm sorry that I had a typo. I meant to type in "A Platypus doesn't have all of the features required to be considered a bird."
But I accidently typed in "A Platypus doesn't have all of the features required to be considered a beard"
It's my fault for the typo, but I think it's obvious what I was saying.
I should Win this deabte, and it's plainly obvious why. Please vote Con!
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Vote Placed by RainbowDash52 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's only argument that could have confirmed that platypuses were birds was the tiny feathers argument, but Con pointed out that no sources were given to support that claim. Thus Pro failed to fulfill burden of proof. Con loses spelling because of the bird beard typo.
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