WCS 3-Sentence Science

Are Penguins Righties or Lefties?

Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS
  1. They found no lateralization or mixed results in the population of Magellanic penguins in three individual behaviors: stepping up, swimming, and thermoregulation.
  2. They did find lateralization when penguins fought for dominance with the more aggressive penguin using its left eye and attacking the other penguin’s right side in most fights.

WCS 3-Sentence Science

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.

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WCS 3-Sentence Science

Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.