Humboldt, Not Just a Penguin

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Humboldt penguins are one of the threatened species found hopping around the beautiful Pacific edge of South America.   Interestingly, they were named for an explorer and naturalist whose observations about the diversity of life as it approaches the equator has apparently sparked two hundred years worth of puzzling and proposals of explanations for the phenomenon.  Simply: the closer you get to the equator, the more diverse numbers of species you find. 

And more interestingly, no one has yet to come up with a convincing theory that explains why we observe this “latitudinal gradient”.  Curious to know more?  The Trouble With Biodiversity.  

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One Comment to “Humboldt, Not Just a Penguin”

  1. I wonder if it correlates inversely to presence of humans? Or higher distribution of islanded land masses. I’m a big fan of Jared Diamond and his illuminations on such matters.