A female penguin with a rare genetic mutation is proving to be a hit with scientists, after her story caught the eye of one of the world’s foremost researchers.
The rare mutation causes the female to develop a distinctive nose that can be distinguished from other females in the same species.
This makes it easier for scientists to track her down and identify her, said John Smith, a palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
The male penguin is more often spotted with a slightly longer nose.
“This is a remarkable thing,” Smith said of the new species, named P. eugena, or “little white nose” for its distinctive features.
“We’re not sure what it is but we think it’s a female.
It’s not known whether it’s male or female, but it’s quite unique in the Antarctic.”
P.eugena is one of about 10 female penguins, all found in the South Atlantic, that have been genetically altered by the mutation, which is not uncommon.
Researchers believe it’s the first such genetic modification to occur in the world, said co-author Daniel D. Dickson, an ecologist at Queen Mary University of London.
It is believed to have been caused by the species’ high mortality rate during the mass extinction of the Antarctic’s last great ice age.
Smith and his colleagues, including paleontologist David L. Burdett, found P.
Eugena’s nose on a penguin stranded on a coral reef off the British Antarctic Territory (BAT).
It is now a focus of their study, which will include analyzing DNA from the animal and identifying the mutation’s gene sequence.
Scientists will then compare it to the mutations of other females and females in other species and will see if there is a correlation.
“It’s a fascinating story and one that I’m going to be working on for a long time,” Smith told National Geographic.
The new species is only one of many female penguines found in Antarctica, Smith said.
He said that the discovery of other penguin species in the Southern Ocean may have led to the discovery and eventual discovery of the P. Eugena.
Other female penguini populations in the Northern Ocean and the Atlantic may also have had the mutation.
The study was published in the journal Science Advances.
Smith, who has studied penguins in the northern region of the Southern Hemisphere for more than 25 years, said that other penguins with the mutation are common in the ocean.
“There are about 25 species of penguins that are found in this area,” Smith explained.
“The southern penguin, for example, is found in a population of up to 15 species.
It has about 20 males and 20 females.
So that’s not surprising.”
This is one female penguine in the southern Atlantic.
She was on a reef off Cape Horn, Antarctica, when she came across P.S.E. Smith found the penguin.
The scientists took a photo of the animal, which was not very well preserved.
But when they brought it back to the lab, they were able to isolate the mutation and determine its gene sequence and its possible function.
The mutation is found only in a handful of other species, but the study team is planning to study more female penguina.
In other words, it’s an exciting species to study, said Smith.
The team hopes to find out if this mutation is beneficial for the penguins or detrimental to them.
“In this case, the penguine is very good at detecting the genetic changes and identifying them,” Dickson said.
“That is a very important trait for the species.”
The new penguin will likely make its way into the aquarium and into the research community.
“For sure, the new penguins will be part of the aquarium,” Dinson said.
Dickson, who will be working with the penguina on their future, said the penguinas’ genetic makeup could help them adapt to the changing world around them.
This will also help them be more successful at breeding, which could help the species maintain a long and healthy existence.
The penguin population of Antarctica is on the decline, but there is hope that this is one species that could survive the climate change that is already taking place.