Dirty lil’ birds

Dr. George Murray Levick holds the distinction of being the only person in history to observe an entire breeding cycle in the Antarctic – and apparently, he saw more than he wanted.

Newly uncovered documents that are part of an exhibit at the Natural History Museum have revealed Levick’s thoughts on the Adelie penguin as depraved hooligans who conceded to their every sexual whim.

He was so horrified by what he saw that his findings remained hidden for nearly 100 years because he refused to include them in his published paper Natural History of the Adelie Penguin.

He wrote his excluded observations in Greek to ensure that very few people had access to the information and circulated a separate paper, Sexual Habits of the Adelie Penguin, to a small circle of friends.





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