Monotremes (Monotremata, or egg-laying mammals) are a subclass of mammals distinguished from
other extant mammals in that they lay eggs rather than giving birth to live young.
There are three living species:
The monotremes have separated from the therians (marsupials and eutherians) 150 200 million years (My) ago .
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