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Penguins originated in Australia and New Zealand — not the Antarctic, new study finds – CNN

Penguins didn’t originate in Antarctica, a new study found — they evolved off the coast of Australia and New Zealand, 22 million years ago.



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(CNN)When you think of the penguin, the image that pops to mind is usually the fuzzy bird waddling through snow or swimming in frigid Antarctic waters.
But penguins didn’t originate in Antarctica, as scientists have believed for years — they first evolved in Australia and New Zealand, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
The study, which was conducted in collaboration with museums and universities around the world, analyzed blood and tissue sample…

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