Emperor penguins have improved adaptive skills

By Mihir Shah,

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

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

Saving Advice mentioned that new findings predict Emperor penguins will have a longer survival span, even with decreased Antarctic ice.

Before the study and new findings, most researchers assumed that this species of penguin would return to their nesting locations every year. The satellite images baffled them and the findings gave six instances over a three year span where the penguins 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.

This means that scientist and researchers have to start from scratch and come up with a new hypothesis as to why most penguin colonies vary in structure. The new research findings are soon to be published in the upcoming issue of Ecography, and it gives the general public an opportunity to rethink how the fluctuation in colonies is commonly understood.



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