DNA shows New Zealand's little penguins are actually Aussie invaders



Hundreds of years ago, some little Australian penguins waddled onto a southern New Zealand beach and decided it was so nice they just had to stick around.

The story of how these Aussie invaders managed to get a foothold across the Tasman Sea has been revealed in a new study by researchers at the University of Otago, published in the science journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Jon Waters, the professor who led the study, told Mashable Australia the Australian little penguin, commonly known as the fairy penguin, was able to take over certain areas of New Zealand after the native penguin species was decimated by hunting around 500 years ago, leaving a gap in the ecosystem. Read more…

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