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High School Classmate Now Famous! The Flying Penguins of St. George Island

By on April 1, 2012 12:01:29 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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You can’t imagine how proud I felt when I read that my old high school classmate Danny (now Danny, Ph.D.) made an amazing discovery after a lifetime of work

with penguins. Kind of amazing, really, because Danny always told me he hated cold weather, and New York City winters.

   

 

 

Anyway, Dr. Danny Ksepska has made the discovery of a lifetime. He’s found flying penguins that actually migrate.

He started his research as an undergrad studying how penguins are modified by evolution into being able to ‘fly’ underwater by having dense and heavy bones designed for negative buoyancy and vestigial feathers, along with a modified wing shape. He apparently investigated the possibility of genetic variance in an isolated penguin population and found that they didn’t develop the dense bones needed for ‘underwater flying’.

 

Penguin “underwater flying”

  

Penguin bone (above) regular bird bone below)                            

In short, he’s found a population of penguins which have only partially evolved those dense bones and still have bones with enough cavernous air spaces to allow flight and the BBC has actually filmed them! Catch the vid here:

 

Danny, I hope you do see this and the copy I sent you… I’m totally awed at your discovery!  Can’t wait for our class’s 50th Reunion!

Just wanted to share this with you all….

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April 1, 2012 12:23:48 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice article, Doc!  I have a few of those...lol.  Loveable critters.  

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April 1, 2012 12:41:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks, Jim. I'm really excited about the discovery. Danny was in my home room.

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April 1, 2012 12:52:30 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Clearly, it's after midnight somewhere.

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April 1, 2012 1:42:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Penguins are so cool.  The little guy swimming in the photo looks pretty pleased with himself (pretty nice photo if you save it and view it full size )

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April 1, 2012 1:52:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice, Doc! The only thing I'm likely to discover happened to my former classmates is that they got arrested

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April 1, 2012 3:25:50 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Flying penguins will be the death of us all. They're already shaped like bombshells, it's just a matter of time before one of them thinks about inventing the divebomb maneuver and stealing all our fish.

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April 1, 2012 4:17:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

ok posted

 

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April 1, 2012 5:15:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Happy 1st April

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April 1, 2012 5:19:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice Doc.

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April 1, 2012 5:28:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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April 1, 2012 7:11:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sure, they can fly, but can they land.?

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April 1, 2012 7:30:58 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Might need a long stretch of ice.

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April 1, 2012 7:40:50 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Wizard1956,
Sure, they can fly, but can they land.?

Now you know why they ain't got "danglies".

Quoting Uvah,
Might need a long stretch of ice.

Now you know why they ain't got "danglies".

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April 1, 2012 7:55:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thank you for the information. Don't like cold weather either. Bring on summer.

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April 1, 2012 7:59:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

That is really neat Doc!  Thanks for posting it.

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April 1, 2012 8:07:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I love Penguins, especially now I know they can fly underwater! Great discovery, Doc!

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April 1, 2012 8:16:29 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Awesome report!  I learn something new every day!

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April 1, 2012 8:17:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This kind of post keeps me coming back.

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April 1, 2012 8:18:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'd truly love a WinStep "Penguin Extreme" skin, Jorge.... gotta talk to the Giz about that as well as a "ZubaZ ZeveN" skin!

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April 1, 2012 8:25:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice

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April 1, 2012 8:33:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting from the topic.

"In short, he’s found a population of penguins which have only partially evolved"

There are other things that are have only partically evolved as I see it.

 

 

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April 1, 2012 8:35:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wonder if they taste like Chicken?

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April 1, 2012 8:59:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great find, Doc. Your friend must be a bit excited by his discovery. This is the kind of thing that would probably interest Zubaz.

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April 1, 2012 9:21:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I hate penguins........ sneaky little critters! If I see these flying one's I'll shoot the suckers!

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April 1, 2012 9:49:10 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting BoXXi,
I hate penguins........ sneaky little critters! If I see these flying one's I'll shoot the suckers!

Why oh why must there be violence in the valley? lol.

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