A 70-Million-Year March of the Penguins

By Carl Zimmer | October 10, 2005 10:28 pm

Old penguin.jpgI’ve got a piece in tomorrow’s New York Times on new research into the evolution of penguins. There’s new work going on with penguin DNA and penguin fossils, such as this lovely 60-million-year old critter from New Zealand. It stood upright like living penguins, but still had wings it could bend at the elbow. In other words, just what you’d expect as flying ancestors evolved into full-blown penguins. While it’s amusing to have a little fun with pundits who try to use penguins as role models for family values, writing about real science is always more satisfying.

(This picture is copyright the University of Otago Geology Department).

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Evolution

Comments (2)

  1. Hな女の子達の秘密の日記だよ~!This blog is so fun. Please keep it.

  2. Hな女の子達の秘密の日記だよ~!This blog is so fun. Please keep it.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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