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  • The DNA has resurrected an unknown extinct penguin, which researchers have named the Waitaha Penguin.

    Mongabay.com News

  • The team, led by University of Otago PhD student Sanne Boessenkool, identified the large-bodied Waitaha Penguin using ancient DNA from prehistoric bones, combined with traditional morphological techniques


  • "Our findings demonstrate that yellow-eyed penguins on mainland New Zealand are not a declining remnant of a previous abundant population, but came from the sub-Antarctic relatively recently and replaced the extinct Waitaha Penguin," said team member Dr Jeremy Austin, deputy director of the Australasian Centre for Ancient DNA.


  • The new species, the Waitaha Penguin, identified from prehistoric bones was closely related to the yellow-eyed penguin.

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