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Ancient giant penguin unearthed in Peru

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WASHINGTON — A 36-million-year-old fossil of a penguin from Peru shows the bird had feathers that were reddish brown and gray, unlike the black-and-white tuxedo appearance of today’s penguins, researchers reported.

The new species called Inkayacu paracasensis or water king, was nearly five feet (1.5 meters) tall or about twice the size of an Emperor penguin, the largest living penguin today, the scientists reported Thursday.

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“Before this fossil, we had no evidence about the feathers, colors and flipper shapes of ancient penguins. We had questions and this was our first chance to start answering them,” said Julia Clarke, paleontologist at The University of Texas at Austin and lead author of a report in the journal Science.

The fossil shows the flipper and feather shapes that make penguins such powerful swimmers evolved early, but that their distinctive color patterns took longer.

“Insights into the color of extinct organisms can reveal clues to their ecology and behavior,” said coauthor Jakob Vinther at Yale University.

“But most of all, I think it is simply just cool to get a look at the color of a remarkable extinct organism, such as a giant fossil penguin.”

To determine the colors, the researchers studied the size and shape of melanosomes, the biological cells that produce pigments. They compared melanosomes recovered from the fossil to their extensive library of those from living birds to reconstruct the colors of the fossil penguin’s feathers.

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‘Trump brought a whole new meaning to white noise’: Colbert says president gave crackheads a bad name

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"They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting Donald Trump to shut up," said Stephen Colbert as part of his debate wrap-up on Wednesday night.

"He brought a whole new meaning to white noise," the host quipped on "A Late Show."

"I don't know what Chris Wallace was supposed to do," said Colbert. "At the next debate, they should just give the moderator a button to bring on the slime. I'm not the only one who despised last night's debate, according to a CBS poll, of the people who watched it, 69 percent felt annoyed. Annoyed? Really, evidently, 'gouging out my eyes with a grapefruit spoon' was not an option."

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‘Classic projection’: Mary Trump says the president was triggered when Biden called a policy ‘not smart’

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President Donald Trump's niece Mary not only spent her life around the president and his family, but she also has the benefit of being a psychologist who could legitimately assess the life and mental health of her uncle.

Speaking to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, she explained that in one particular moment in the Tuesday evening debate, Trump seemed triggered by former Vice President Joe Biden's use of the phrase "not smart" in reference to a policy. Trump went off.

"Did you use the word 'smart?'" Trump asked after Biden insulted Trump's coronavirus plan as not being "smart."

"So you said you went to Delaware State but you forgot the name of your college," Trump continued, falsely claiming something Biden never said. "You didn't go to Delaware state. You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don't ever use the word 'smart' with me. Don't ever use that word."

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Trump attacks NBC for covering a hurricane instead of his Nobel Prize nomination: ‘These people are sick’

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In a series of bizarre nonsequiturs in Duluth, Minnesota Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump unleashed on NBC News for covering a monster hurricane hitting Louisiana and Mississippi instead of talking about his friend nominating him for a Nobel Prize.

Former President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize at the start of his presidency, and like the ever-illusive Emmy Trump also hasn't won, the Nobel Prize has never been within his grasp. The Obamas were nominated for seven Emmys for a series of things they produced with Netflix. They won an Emmy for outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program for "American Factory."

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