Went back to the aquarium! I’m hooked.
(unintentional fish pun)
Penguins are unusual birds in that they cannot fly and are instead proficient swimmers and divers. Evolutionary biologists have long wondered how penguins evolved their peculiar traits and how some of their kind conquered the bitterly cold Antarctic. Recent fossil discoveries have enabled researchers to piece together the penguins’ evolutionary past, revealing that some of the traits that fortify them against the cold evolved under warm conditions. Although penguins have triumphed over 60 million years of climate change, current warming conditions may outpace their ability to adapt…
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(Art by Stephanie Abramowicz, Maps by XNR Productions)
(via: Nova Taxa)
waimanu is a genus of early penguin like birds which in Antarctica during the middle Paleocene (60 mya). Waimanu is one of the earliest penguins currently known to science and showed several characteristics common to penguins today as it was flightless and seemingly well adapted for wing based diving and may have resembled a loon in shape. In fact DNA analyses and anatomy show a close relationship between penguins and loons.
Penguin skeleton, drawn in the Zoology Museum of Edinburgh University, in May of 2012. The penguin’s bones are flat and elegonated in a really interesting way. I really enjoyed drawing the Zoology Museum because it was small and quiet, and they had such a huge number of wonderful and interesting things. It was hard to choose which I wanted to draw the most!
My camera always makes dark areas darker when I take pictures of my pastels. I don’t know how to change this.