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Finding and losing new bird species with ancient DNA — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on August 17th, 2017.

Ancient DNA has shed light on two extinct species this week, resulting in New Zealand claiming a new shag and Australia losing a penguin. New Zealand continues to gain new extinct bird species with the addition of the kōhatu shag, whose bones were previously thought to belong to the king shag. Writing on Sciblods, lead […]

3 News/NZPA: Lady penguins prefer their men fat

Peter Griffin posted in on July 14th, 2010.

Female penguins in some species are more likely to choose fatter mates, according to researchers from Auckland University. In fact, Adelie penguins use calls to tell prospective mates how fat they are and what kind of father they’d make – the fatter, the better. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The courtship calls told females […]

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