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Penguins Survived when Dinosaurs Died

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New analysis of the world's oldest fossil penguins confirms some birds survived the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, researchers say.

The penguins once lived in shallow seas off New Zealand's east coast 60 million years ago.

Now a molecular study, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, links them closely to modern penguins.

Co-author Associate Professor Ewan Fordyce from the University of Otago says penguins are specialised birds that evolved much later than other species.

"The fact that they have been found within a few million years of the dinosaurs' extinction is compelling evidence that modern birds must have evolved earlier and diversified during the time of the dinosaurs," he says.

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Penguins are as old as dinosaurs. When the dinosaurs went extincted the penguin survived.

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By YCON: posted on 9-4-2006

I wonder if its to do with their aquatic existance. However there were lots of sea animals that became extinct as well.

They are digging up penguin fossils quite a bit in NZ at the moment, must be the season for it :)
By netchicken: posted on 9-4-2006

There were probably caves with access to the ocean that helped them to survive
By YCON: posted on 9-4-2006

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