Mystery of the woggin

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  1. oldrover

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    I hope you don't mind Lordmongrove but I think this is such a great find of yours I've shared it elsewhere.
     
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    Ermintrude Existential pixelfixer

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    So were penguins and auks related at the same branch level as (say) bees and wasps? (Hymenoptera) Or alligators and crocodiles as crocodilia?

    I reckon auks could be called pendhus (black heads, in Welsh...(which is close to cenndhus, in Gaelic)

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    http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/June/auk.html
     
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    That's going to take some digging. And bringing insects into it is only going to make things more complicated.

    I don't know, but very similar looking birds can be of very different lineage.
    Take House Martins and Swallows compared to the Swift. The Swift is a very different kind of bird to the other two although it looks similar and has very similar behaviour.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apodiformes
     
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    No, both come from ancient groups of birds, the penguins are Sphenisciformes, only penguins, and are first known from the early Paleocene. While Great Auks/woggins/pen gwyns are Charadiformes, an order first known from the mid Paleocene. The Great Auk's closest living relative is the razorbill. Earliest known auks as in the group that includes puffins, guillemots etc is about 35mya. Or something like all of that anyway.

    They look similar because they both have the same countershading shared by many marine animals. And lived a similar lifestyle. Crucially though the Great Auk seems to have been more adapted to life in the water and paid the price. Not that it had to, or that it was inevitable, it was just our wanton destructiveness that wiped it out. See the C4 documentary.

    Great Auk

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/...q0gSBkzcH_-jHFXstKOOPHi_e1tpOIk75CAYQiDp0.jpg

    Razorbill

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/...qLNOm8r7BR2FcFZai5vfXoZ4j6L-WxVZDm_7eTY6EVxTb

    Mere penguin

    https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/...snOKyQZNPjyS9wthPShA_GKTMP23sBRo7efsdUIOJDnhM
     
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  5. blessmycottonsocks

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    Or penn dhu in Cornish. I was brought up in a part of St Austell Cornwall called pondhu, which may have a similar etymology.
     
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    It'd be 'penn du' in Welsh.
     
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    Birds on the brain, or woggins on the noggin?
     
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    No its just slight convergence. Auks were called penguins before the birds we call penguins were discovered. Sorry iof that's as clear as the coal house on a foggy day.
     
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    Be my guest old mate.
     
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    A tenuous and coincidental connection, re the Lofoten Islands; but I seem to remember reading long ago, in a piece about the Great Auk -- I strongly suspect, in one of Commander Rupert Gould's books of articles about "unexplained facts" -- of what would seem likely the last-known report of a Great Auk sighting: one reportedly seen swimming off the Lofotens, circa 1865 -- a couple of decades after the generally-agreed-on extinction date.
     
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    I feel that the word “woggin” would have been one likely to appeal to Patrick O’Brian, author of the Aubrey / Maturin series of nautical historical novels, about the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars era. In that series the author uses -- and clearly revels in -- much seagoing period jargon / slang. However, going by what I can see from those books by the author, in my possession – although his dual heroes, and their various ships, encounter “true” penguins in the southern reaches of the globe; and, briefly, great auks in the North Atlantic; the word “woggin” does not feature in shipboard discourse. The books’ characters are -- after all -- naval types, not whalers...


    The great-auk episode occurs in the novel The Surgeon's Mate: in which Captain Jack Aubrey and his ship’s surgeon and good friend Stephen Maturin, are travelling on a Canadian ship from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Britain; after experiencing various imbroglios in the United States, consequent on the War of 1812. In the area of the Grand Banks, Maturin – an impassioned amateur naturalist – is chatting with the ship’s second mate, and the conversation gets around to great auks (the species then becoming very rare; but at that time still a few decades away from ultimate extinction). It turns out that the second mate has had to do with great auks, chiefly in the shape of killing them in large numbers. Maturin has a struggle to stay civil with the guy – still, he’s only trying to be friendly and helpful. They refer to the creatures as “penguins” and “garefowl”; but the w-word does not feature. Maturin sees from the ship, in time, a couple of swimming great auks; and the second mate, hoping to please him, brings him a dead specimen which the ship’s crew had been planning to use as bait for fish.
     
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