Until I read this thread, I had never heard of the Platypus Phallacy. It makes for delightful reading!!!
Below is the text of a Platypus explaining how primitive Humans are, compared to the more sophisticated mammals that Platypus are:
". . . if a platypus were asked to summarize the situation, he could just as well say this:
“The lineage of which humans are a part is a very ancient offshoot of our mammalian family tree, so it was 166 million years ago that we last shared a common ancestor with humans, and that puts them somewhere between mammals and reptiles,
because they lack a lot of specialized characters that we have gained but the ancestral amniote also lacked; for instance,
1] they have no electro-reception,
2] no bills,
3] no webbed feet, and
4] no venom.
So we can use them to trace the changes that have occurred as we went from being a reptile, to having fur to making milk to having our specialized features.” Of course, if a platypus did say such a thing, I hope his colleagues would encourage him to avoid committing the “Human Fallacy”.
When Behe and others talk about de-volution, it drives me nuts!