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Why Did Penguins Stop Flying? The Answer Is Evolutionary

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These new findings from other diving birds like murres provide an elegant explanation of a key step in the wing-to-flipper transition." Katsufumi Sato, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Tokyo's Ocean Research Institute and a National ...

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Why Penguins Don't Fly

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On the wing, murres burn energy at 31 times their rate at rest, the highest known ratio in a bird, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When other ... The study provides valuable confirmation of the idea that ...

 

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(Phys.org) —An international team of wildlife researchers has found evidence to support the theory that some birds, such as penguins, lost the ability to fly because of adaptations that allowed for better swimming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the results of testing energy efficiency levels of birds that both fly and dive as compared to birds that have lost the ability to fly.

 

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Why Penguins Quit Flying

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The study backs up the biomechanical hypothesis that birds can't be highly efficient at both swimming and diving, and it shows that murres are walking on a thin evoluntionary line between the two abilities. Study researcher Robert Ricklefs, an ...

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Penguins' Flying Ability Lost As Birds Became Better Swimmers, Study Of Murres ...

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Study researcher Robert Ricklefs, an ornithologist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, told Nature that murres would have to "reduce their wings or grow larger to improve their diving, and both would make flying impossible." The research was ...

 

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