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5 foot penguins populated Peru

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June 25

Giant penguins as tall as 5 feet roamed what is now Peru more than 40 million years ago, much earlier than scientists thought the flightless birds had spread to warmer climes.

Known mostly for their presence in Antarctica, penguins today live in many islands in the Southern Hemisphere, some even near the equator.

Researchers report that they have found remains of two types of penguin in Peru that date to 40 million years ago.

One of them was a 5-foot giant with a long sharp beak.

This is the same age as the earliest penguins from South America. The only other record from the continent of that age is from the southernmost tip of the continent. The new finds indicate they reached equatorial regions much earlier than anyone previously thought.

The big bird is larger than any penguin known today and the third largest known to have ever lived.

It is particularly unusual for such a large penguin to have been living in a warm climate. In most cases, the larger individuals of a species or among related species are correlated with colder climes and higher latitudes.

The beak of the large penguin — Icadyptes salasi — looks remarkably spearlike. But the researchers don't know its exact feeding style.

The second new species — Perudyptes devriesi — was approximately the same size as a living King Penguin — 2 ½ to 3 feet tall — and represents a very early part of penguin evolutionary history, the researchers said.

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awwww i want one! great read thancks for the article

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Wow, 5 ft tall penguins, interesting... I wonder what killed them off?

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Wow, 5 ft tall penguins, interesting... I wonder what killed them off?

All the regular 2 foot ones...?

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lol they were too tall to see the smaller ones commin' for the knees!

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