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Penguins in their natural habitat

Professor Vladyslav Vyazovskiy was invited, with his former DPhil student Christian Harding to write a commentary on an article that has been published in Science. The research article they have commented on, which has received world-wide media coverage, is about napping penguins! 

In their review, Vlad and Christian write,'Libourel et al. (the authors of the research paper) report an unusual pattern of frequent short bouts of sleep in wild chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus), which calls into question not only the current understanding of how sleep architecture is regulated but also the extent to which it can be altered before the benefits of sleep are lost.'

Read the whole piece here