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(BBC)   Scientists say penguins traded their power of flight for swimming prowess. Which makes sense, if you've ever tried to catch fish in the air   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 26
    More: Obvious, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Aberdeen  
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2013-05-21 09:36:31 AM  
Yes, Rico...'Ka-boom'...
 
2013-05-21 09:36:42 AM  
Other birds do it.
 
2013-05-21 09:37:37 AM  
I traded my power of flight for a chicken salad sandwich.

Totally worth it.
 
2013-05-21 09:37:56 AM  
I doubt it was a conscious decision. More like they just kept spending more and more time on the ground until one day they found that they couldn't fly anymore. Kind of how couples who live together for a long time have a hard time breaking up even though they are terrible to each other.
 
2013-05-21 09:42:48 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I doubt it was a conscious decision. More like they just kept spending more and more time on the ground until one day they found that they couldn't fly anymore. Kind of how couples who live together for a long time have a hard time breaking up even though they are terrible to each other.


I think someone needs a hug...
 
2013-05-21 09:45:22 AM  
I dealt with a penguin salad sandwich once. Then I became a seal. No body questioned me after that.
 
2013-05-21 09:45:22 AM  
I hear that this year's convention decides if they are going to trade for better feet.

Plz don't let media idiots pretend they know "sciencey" chit.
 
2013-05-21 09:48:19 AM  

cynicalbastard: AverageAmericanGuy: I doubt it was a conscious decision. More like they just kept spending more and more time on the ground until one day they found that they couldn't fly anymore. Kind of how couples who live together for a long time have a hard time breaking up even though they are terrible to each other.

I think someone needs a hug...


YOU RUINED MY LIFE YOU UNGRATEFUL SHREW
 
2013-05-21 09:49:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: cynicalbastard: AverageAmericanGuy: I doubt it was a conscious decision. More like they just kept spending more and more time on the ground until one day they found that they couldn't fly anymore. Kind of how couples who live together for a long time have a hard time breaking up even though they are terrible to each other.

I think someone needs a hug...

YOU RUINED MY LIFE YOU UNGRATEFUL SHREW


I'll be home by 7, honey.

Stupid auto-complete.
 
2013-05-21 09:52:49 AM  
Maybe they chose not to fly as a way to avoid their natural enemies, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings?
 
2013-05-21 09:53:44 AM  
What makes sense now?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-21 10:17:31 AM  
Ya know, they could enable both as loadable modules, or perhaps a runtime configuration available in the /proc filesystem....
 
2013-05-21 10:18:27 AM  
So what are they trying to say? That fish used to fly?
 
2013-05-21 10:20:41 AM  
If Bloom County taught us nothing it is that penguins CAN fly.  They just happen to do it underwater.
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2013-05-21 10:31:59 AM  
"Scientists say ..."

... and then we all ran for the hills.
 
2013-05-21 11:15:52 AM  
Fly fishin ain't as easy as it looks.
 
2013-05-21 11:17:36 AM  
[insert clever 'Life of Pi' flying fish reference in a suitably amusing fashion]
 
2013-05-21 11:43:44 AM  

KaiserRoll: Other birds do it.


Do we have any vehicles that can do it? I want my flying amphibious submarine!

Did anything come out of that DARPA competition from a few years ago?
 
2013-05-21 12:25:55 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: Fly fishin ain't as easy as it looks.


I once caught a 2 pound bluebottle.
 
2013-05-21 12:56:04 PM  
These guys catch fish in the air every day.
www.pikeplacefish.com
 
2013-05-21 01:09:35 PM  
What a crock. This article acts as if things can fundamentally change their physiology over time. *MAYBE* this could be possible given enough time, but nothing could have done it in just 6000 years.

It's like those jackasses who act as if South America's coastline looking like Africa's is more than a coincidence.
 
2013-05-21 01:38:25 PM  

Pangea: What a crock. This article acts as if things can fundamentally change their physiology over time. *MAYBE* this could be possible given enough time, but nothing could have done it in just 6000 years.

It's like those jackasses who act as if South America's coastline looking like Africa's is more than a coincidence.


You almost had me, for a minute there, but the last sentence made me pause, and then I saw your name.
 
2013-05-21 02:58:20 PM  
Paging mikaloyd
 
2013-05-21 03:05:48 PM  
I'm more interested in what spurred evolution to adapt the wings to be good for swimming.

Like, was there that one gimpy seabird that couldn't fly well but found it could swim, so then it started somehow mating with either other gimpy flyers, or what?
 
2013-05-21 09:39:54 PM  

efgeise: I'm more interested in what spurred evolution to adapt the wings to be good for swimming.

Like, was there that one gimpy seabird that couldn't fly well but found it could swim, so then it started somehow mating with either other gimpy flyers, or what?


They must of had buttsex with a retarded fish-frog
 
2013-05-21 11:23:27 PM  
I had no idea penguins were fish.

Thanks subs.
 
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