How we discovered three new species of penguin in the Southern Ocean

The discovery that gentoo penguins are actually four distinct species has important implications for their conservation.

Jane Younger, Research Fellow, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Gentoo penguins are four species, not one

Counting the birds as four species will help conservation efforts, and threats from climate change.

bbcnews
Nov. 5, 2020 ~3 min

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Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Nitrous oxide from penguin poo made researchers feel loopy

Researchers in Antarctica accidentally experienced an odd source of "laughing gas." The nitrous oxide came from large amounts of penguin guano.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~4 min

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Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll

The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 11, 2019 ~3 min

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Antarctica: Thousands of emperor penguin chicks wiped out

The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 24, 2019 ~5 min

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Thousands of penguin chicks wiped out

The second largest emperor penguin colony in Antarctica disappears, satellite images show.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 24, 2019 ~4 min

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These penguin parents are weirdly fair

Magellanic penguins may win the prize for best parents. When feeding their brood, they try to feed each chick an equal portion, regardless of age or size.

James Urton-Washington • futurity
Feb. 14, 2019 ~5 min

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Winter water conditions affect female penguins more than males

"Until now, we have not really known how conditions out in the ocean, where they spend the entire winter, affect them."

James Urton-Washington • futurity
Nov. 27, 2018 ~8 min

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