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Montevideo, June 26th 2019 - 18:07 UTC

Tag: antarctic life

  • Friday, May 10th 2019 - 09:50 UTC

    Vital role of penguins and seals poo for Antarctica bio-diversity

    A study found the influential excrement supported thriving communities of mosses and lichens, which in turn sustained vast numbers of microscopic animals

    For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet. One thing they didn't really factor in, however, was the role played by the nitrogen-rich droppings from colonies of cute penguins and seals - until now.