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Giant 6ft penguins once roamed the Earth


Posted on Sunday, 3 August, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

The species would have dwarfed today's penguins. Image Credit: NSF/Josh Landis
Scientists have uncovered the fossil remains of an enormous penguin that was the size of an adult human.
Today's emperor penguins might seem large at up to 4ft in height, but 40 million years ago the Antarctic was home to a species of giant penguin that grew up to 6ft tall, larger than the average size of a human adult.

Known as Palaeeudyptes Klekowskii, the gigantic birds are thought to have weighed up to 115 kilos and roamed the island of Seymour off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Like modern penguins the species was likely to have been adept at catching food in the ocean and was capable of holding its breath for up to 40 minutes.

Palaeeudyptes was also thought to have lived at a time when the climate was a lot warmer than it is today and may have shared its island home with as many as 14 other penguin species.

Source: Metro | Comments (21)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Timmeh on 4 August, 2014, 6:37
Meh, still doesn't beat the giant duck that used to be found in Australia Genyornis newtoni - The Demon Duck of Doom.
Comment icon #13 Posted by ROGER on 4 August, 2014, 7:41
Can you imagine what the piles of penguin poo looked like ?
Comment icon #14 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 12:38
Gunter!!!
Comment icon #15 Posted by JVG on 4 August, 2014, 13:01
I thought when they got that size, they were called nuns? They were with attitudes !!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 4 August, 2014, 15:03
Gunter!!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Calibeliever on 4 August, 2014, 18:40
Couldn't help it
Comment icon #18 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 5 August, 2014, 19:46
Finally! A butler who works for fish and can reach over the counter.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Mikenator on 8 August, 2014, 17:14
Giant happy feet!!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 10 August, 2014, 14:21
Meh, still doesn't beat the giant duck that used to be found in Australia Genyornis newtoni - The Demon Duck of Doom. I know about that duck...There words are always funny for me ---------- Demon Duck of Doom.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Sundew on 11 August, 2014, 11:14
Nearly as big as a walrus! !


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