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Tag: penguin genomes

  • Friday, February 20th 2015 - 16:53 UTC

    Gobbling penguins can taste only sour and salty food, reveals study

    Penguins behavior of swallowing food whole, and their tongue structure and function, ”suggest that penguins need no taste perception”

    Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered. A genetic study suggests the flightless birds lost three of the five basic tastes long ago in evolution. Taste is critical for survival in most animals, but may not matter in the penguin, which swallows fish whole, say researchers in China and the US.