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Climate change and human activities threaten picky penguins

December 11, 2019

Eating a krill-only diet has made one variety of Antarctic penguin especially susceptible to the impacts of climate…
Whaling and climate change lead to 100 years of feast or famine for Antarctic penguins

December 6, 2019

New NSF-funded research reveals how two penguin species, the gentoo and the chinstrap, have dealt with more than a century…
Unless warming is slowed, emperor penguins will march toward extinction

November 19, 2019

Emperor penguins are some of the most striking and charismatic animals on Earth, but an NSF-funded study by scientists at…
Climate Change Is Having A Huge Effect On Penguin Colonies

June 19, 2019

Climate change is a big deal, especially for penguins! Their colonies are being majorly impacted by recent climate…
Parents don’t pick favorites, at least if you’re a Magellanic penguin

February 21, 2019

Parenthood can be a struggle, particularly for families with multiple children in need of care, nurturing, protection and…
DNA shows penguin evolution linked to island formation

February 13, 2019

New research has improved understanding of penguin evolution, revealing that the origin of many species is linked to…
New species of penguins emerged together with forming islands

February 12, 2019

Evolution is not such a straight-forward process to analyse. It is all about species adapting to their environments…
How penguins can stand on Antarctic ice for so long without freezing their feet off? They use one trick

January 27, 2019

Penguins spend months standing on freezing Antarctic ice. Not only they don’t have shoes, but their feet are…
The number of single male Magellanic penguins is rising at this breeding colony. Here’s why.

January 7, 2019

Like most of their stout-bodied, flippered kin, Magellanic penguins spend much of their lives in the ocean. From…
Adélie penguin nesting on the Antarctic Peninsula. Credits: Heather Lynch, Stony Brook University
Space Views of Penguin ‘Poo’ Yield Insights

December 12, 2018

Using satellite observations of Antarctica to search for penguin guano (poo) may not sound like the most exciting…
After a bad winter in the ocean, female Magellanic penguins suffer most, study shows

November 12, 2018

Every autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, Magellanic penguins leave their coastal nesting sites in South America. For adults,…
To tell the sex of a Galápagos penguin, measure its beak, researchers say

July 4, 2018

It turns out that to tell the sex of a Galápagos penguin, all you need is a ruler.…
From Penguins to Frogs: The new frontier of wildlife microbiomes

June 14, 2018

With recent technological advances in DNA sequencing investigating microbiomes from all areas of life has become possible as…
Drug safety for penguins

August 8, 2017

Researchers from the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine have determined the most effective drug dose to help penguins…
In times of plenty, penguin parents keep feeding their grown offspring

March 15, 2017

In a paper published online March 13 in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, a research team led by…
How natural selection acted on one penguin species over the past quarter century

September 26, 2016

Biologists of all stripes attest to evolution, but have debated its details since Darwin’s day. Since changes arise…
Penguins and robots

January 13, 2016

For hundreds of years, Adélie penguins have been breeding in the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP), which has recently…
When two penguin clans become one

May 6, 2015

A new research project has found that two different groups of Little Penguins have met up to live…
Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age

March 2, 2015

A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only…
Klekowskii penguin takes size title away from emperor

August 5, 2014

Palaeeudyptes klekowskii. Credit: Geobios, doi:10.1016/j.geobios.2014.03.003 A new fossil discovery of bones makes the 90-pound emperor penguin, thought to be…
Antarctic biodiversity at risk

June 18, 2014

Antarctica’s ice-free areas – home to most of the continent’s biodiversity – need better protection from human impact,…
Rise and fall of prehistoric penguin populations charted

June 13, 2014

A study of how penguin populations have changed over the last 30,000 years has shown that between the…
Global warming a concern at Chile’s penguin paradise

March 18, 2014

Magellanic penguins are seen on Magdalena Island, 50 km from Punta Arenas, Chile, on February 28, 2014 Magdalena…
Traffic jams lend insight into emperor penguin huddle

December 17, 2013

Emperor penguins maintain the tight huddle that protects them from the harsh conditions of an Antarctic winter with…
Penguin-inspired propulsion system

November 15, 2013

This actuated spherical joint mimics a penguin shoulder while enabling compactness, rigidity and high motion frequencies, as well…
Cooler climate helped evolution of penguins

November 13, 2013

Penguins (Manchots royaux) gather on Possession island (Crozet archipelago), part of the French Southern and Antartic Lands on…
Surviving fasting in the cold

July 3, 2013

King penguin chicks survive harsh winters with almost no food by minimising the cost of energy production. A…
Emperor penguins’ ‘cold coat’ helps keep them warm in Antarctic winters

March 21, 2013

Emperor penguins benefit from an unusual phenomenon to stay warm during Antarctic winters, scientists at the University of…
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