March of the Fossil Penguins

Fossil penguin discoveries and research

The Strangest Bird at Scientific American

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In this month’s issue of Scientific American, Dr. Ewan Fordyce and I present a new article on penguin evolution.  I won’t spoil the story, but I will post a teaser of several fossil species brought to life with wonderful realism by artist Stephanie Abramowicz.  Astute blog readers may be able to pick out a few favorite species based on their sizes and shapes. If you want to guess each one, I will let you know if you are right in the comments thread. Thanks to Kate Wong for editing our article, and hope you all enjoy it.

Subscribers can check out the story at the Scientific American website. If you don’t have online access, please head to the newsstand to grab a copy.


A preview of the fantastic penguin reconstructions from our article. Art from a larger graphic by Stephanie Abramowicz, posted with permission from Scientific American.

Full citation:

Fordyce, R.E. and D.T. Ksepka. The Strangest Bird Scientific American 307, 56 – 61 (2012)

Written by Dan Ksepka

October 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

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  1. I think I can guess all of them!!!!! The first one is the Waimanu penguin because the wings. Then Inguza then Icadypyes and then Paleospheniscus and then MY favoirte the Kairuku penguin!!! And then the Bobble Head Spheniscus and then The Nuceler Penguin and then the emperer penguin and then the galapogos penguin ( good because it goes in the Northern Hemisphere on purpose and not becose it gets lost) My Dad is going to get the magazine at Barnes and Nobles because I got a suscripshin for my birthday but it hasn’t started coming yet and I don”t think i get this issue.


    October 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    • You are right about most of them! Here are the answers in order, from left to right: Waimanu, Perudyptes, Icadyptes, Palaeeudyptes, Kairuku, Paraptenodytes, Inguza, Emperor and Galapagos. I hope you like the real article when you get the new issue.

      Dan Ksepka

      October 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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