Climate Change: Penguins lost three basic tastes
Mar06

Climate Change: Penguins lost three basic tastes

Penguins lost three of the five basic tastes – sweet, bitter and the savoury meaty taste known as umami – more than 20 million years ago, and have never regained them.  This revealing came from a University of Michigan-led study of penguin genetics. Penguins are basically fish eaters; the loss of the umami taste is especially perplexing. Although the findings are surprising and puzzling and cannot have a good explanation,...

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