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Polar Biology

, Volume 29, Issue 7, pp 541–542 | Cite as

A “Polar Biology Publication” that prevailed: forces at work when Penguins Poo

  • V. B. Meyer-Rochow
  • J. Gal
Letter to the Editor
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Sometimes the history of a publication, the “build-up” that ultimately results in a publication, is as interesting as the publication itself. And so it is with the paper, whose background I am now about to elaborate upon. In fact, it was the Editor of this journal, who requested I do this.

The article the Editor wanted me to write about was titled “Pressures Produced when Penguins Poo: a study of avian defaecation”. It had appeared at the end of the year 2003 in this journal: Polar Biology vol. 27, 56–58. This publication received one of Harvard University’s coveted “ig-Nobel” awards in October 2005. The “ig-Nobel”awards are the brainchild of Dr. Marc Abrahams, Editor of the humourously-serious, but definitely readable, international journal “Annals of Improbable Research”. The awards honour those researchers, whose work first makes you laugh and then makes you think. The “ig-Nobel” prizes (in a variety of categories) have been handed out in the presence of several ‘real’ Nobel Prize...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringInternational University Bremen (IUB)BremenGermany

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