The emperor penguin chases its prey through nearly freezing waters. Once it locates food, usually a fish or squid, it catches the animal in its powerful jaws and devours it.
But after all that work, the penguin can’t actually taste the savory flavor of its meal.
Researcher Jianzhi Zhang, a molecular and genomic evolution professor at the University of Michigan, recently examined the emperor penguin’s genome. But he says he couldn’t find the bird’s genes to taste umami, the savory flavor of meat or fish.
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