March of the Fossil Penguins

Fossil penguin discoveries and research

Will the real Nordenskjöld please step forward?

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Photograph of the Antarctica trapped in sea ice. From: Mill, H.R. The Siege of the South Pole.

Last post we touched on a fossil penguin that I incorrectly assumed was named after Artic explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld. As reader John Carlson kindly pointed out, the penguin is actually named after Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld’s nephew Otto Nordenskjöld.  Otto, also a polar explorer, sailed on the ship Antarctic. The ship was captained by Carl Anton Larsen, who incidentally also has a penguin named after him (Delphinornis larsenii).  In one of their adventures, Otto and his party were stranded on Snow Hill Island when the Antarctic failed to pick them up on the scheduled day – with good reason, having been crushed in ice. Larsen and the crew were forced to find themselves shelter on another island.  After enduring great deprivations (including, grimly from our point of view, a steady diet of penguins), both groups were rescued by the Argentine naval ship Uruguay.

Written by Dan Ksepka

December 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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  1. One time I read that penguins taste bad. Those explorers must have been very desperit!


    December 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    • Yeah, they taste really bad – I tried one (once upon a time…)


      December 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

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