Molecular Evidence for the Loss of Three Basic Tastes in Penguins

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 13:00 in Paleontology & Archaeology

A University of Michigan-led study of penguin genetics has concluded that the flightless aquatic birds lost three of the five basic vertebrate tastes--sweet, bitter and the savory, meaty taste known as umami--more than 20 million years ago and never regained them.

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