Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fresh New Lament

Scientists in New Zealand -- it's uncanny how many depressing news items begin with those words -- have found the remains of a previously undocumented species of penguin that humans exterminated a few centuries ago:

The research suggests that the first humans in New Zealand hunted the newly found Waitaha penguin to extinction by 1500, about 250 years after their arrival on the islands. But the loss of the Waitaha allowed another kind of penguin to thrive -- the yellow-eyed species [pictured] that now also faces extinction, Philip Seddon of Otago University, a co-author of the study, said Wednesday.
Evidently the yellow-eyed penguins weren't so delicious to those early settlers of New Zealand -- not a bad trait to have if you can manage it.

It would be a shame to see more penguins go the way of the Waitaha. Penguins are hilarious.

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