Palaeo Penguins


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Palaeo Penguins

"What good are penguins?' It may be crass to ask what good a wild animal mean by good. If you mean 'good to eat', you are perhaps being stupid. If as it is good in itself to be a living creature enjoying life', you are not being is, but I do think the question may be legitimate. That depends on what you you mean 'good to hunt', you are surely being vicious. If you mean 'good crass, stupid, or vicious. I agree with you and I am your brother as well as the penguin’s." George Gaylord Simpson Penguins: Past and Present, Here and There

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Despite being known to the indigenous inhabitants of the southern continents for millennia, Europeans were not aware of penguins until the late 15th century, when Portuguese explorers ‘discovered’ them while sailing around the southern tip of South Africa. The term ‘penguin’ is believed to have come from the Latin name of the now extinct Great Auk (Pinguinis impennis) from the Northern Hemisphere, to which penguins bear a superficial resemblance. The first fossil penguin bone ever identified was an ankle bone found by an unnamed Māori in New Zealand. This bone subsequently made its way to England, specifically into the hands of Thomas Henry Huxley, who described it in 1859.

AAOD Journal Issue 15 (2017) – pages 30 to 37
By Dr Travis Park

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