Emperor penguins have improved adaptive skills

June 22 19:08 2014

Emperor penguins have evolved to sustain better adaptive skills, which means that they can better adapt to warmer weathers. This is good news for their future survival and it can help them resist climate change.

According to Nature World News, researchers from the University of Minnesota describe that this species of penguin are behaving in ways that helps them adapt to a warmer planet. Satellite images clearly showed that these penguins are not returning to the same geographic location to breed. Their breeding locations changed within the timeframe of three years.

Saving Advisor mentioned that news findings predict Emperor penguins will have a longer survival span even with decreased Antarctic ice.
Before the study and the news findings, most researchers assumed that this species of penguin return to their nesting locations every year. The satellite images baffled them and the findings gave six instances over a three year span where they entered a new area to reproduce. Since Emperor penguins are the primary species in the Antarctic seacoast, scientists were clearly able to identify their presence through the guano trails they leave on the ice. All this means that scientist and researchers have to start from scratch and come up with a new hypothesis of why most penguin colonies vary in structure. The new research findings are soon to be published in the upcoming Ecology issue and it gives us an opportunity to rethink our understanding of fluctuation in colonies.


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