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Scientists solve mummified penguins mystery

By T.K. Randall
September 12, 2018 · Comment icon 7 comments



Penguins are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Christopher Michel
Hundreds of mummified penguins dating back up to 750 years were found in Antarctica's Long Peninsula in 2016.
While it is not particularly unusual to find the remains of Adelie penguins in the region, the discovery of quite so many of them - especially with mummified chicks - had left scientists scratching their heads.

The key to this mystery, it turns out, is that the penguins had died during two separate disasters.

Radiocarbon dating of the remains has revealed that the animals had perished during two distinct periods 200 and 750 years ago - both times due to "extreme climatic events" lasting decades.
Extensive heavy snowfall, coupled with heavy rainfall and flooding, had proven disastrous.

"It is quite likely that global climate warming caused enhanced precipitation, which led to the tragedy," said study lead researcher Liguang Sun from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Researchers are now hoping to use what they have learned about these past disasters to better predict what might happen to penguins in the future as global temperatures continue to rise.

"Generally, it is believed that the current global warming trend will continue or even worsen," said Sun.

Source: Live Science | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
As long as they weren't giant albino cave-dwelling penguins...
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
So.... We're blaming climate change for dead penguins 750 years ago? Anyway.... poor penguins. I hope we can learn something from their tragedy.†
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
Ha ha... i know what madness you speak of.
Comment icon #4 Posted by smokeycat 5 years ago
"Generally, it is believed that the current global warming trend will continue or even worsen," said Sun † Made me chuckle.† ††
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
The fact is that earth climate always change... 18000 year ago† I would be under 5km of Ice. It's the speed of change that cause bigger problems because it give no time to adapt.
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Caspian Hare 5 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by Almighty Evan 5 years ago
OMG, what were people doing in the 1360's to cause this?


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