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When penguins ruled after dinosaurs died

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What waddled on land but swam supremely in subtropical seas more than 60 million years ago, after the dinosaurs were wiped out on sea and land?

Fossil records show giant human-sized penguins flew through Southern Hemisphere waters—along side smaller forms, similar in size to some species that live in Antarctica today.

Now the newly described Kupoupou stilwelli has been found on the geographically remote Chatham Islands in the southern Pacific near New Zealand's South Island. It appears to be the oldest penguin known with proportions close to its modern relatives.

It lived between 62.5 million and 60 million years ago at a time when there was no ice cap at the South Pole and the seas around New Zealand were tropical or subtropical.

https://phys.org/news/2019-12-penguins-dinosaurs-died.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/09/world/penguin-evolution-dinosaurs-scn/index.html

Related:

https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/329707-monster-penguin-fossils-found-in-nz/?

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