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Palaeontology

Man-sized penguin fossil found in New Zealand

December 12, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments



Prehistoric penguins grew to much larger sizes than today's penguins. Image Credit: NSF/Josh Landis
The remains of an enormous prehistoric penguin have been found on a beach to the south of Christchurch.
Standing up to 6ft tall and weighing over 100 kilograms, the new species, which has been named Kumimanu biceae, was thought to have had brown feathers and a longer beak than today's penguins.

Its name is based on the Moari words 'kumi' ( a mythological monster ) and 'manu' ( bird ).

"It would most likely have been slimmer [than modern penguins] and not so cute looking," said Gerald Mayr at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt.
"It's one of the tallest penguins that has ever been found."

Penguins evolved from flying birds tens of millions of years ago but ultimately lost the ability to fly in favor of becoming highly effective swimmers.

Some species, like Kumimanu biceae, grew to truly enormous sizes.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
A giant penguin....and people laughed at the giant penguins in the 2nd Michael Keaton Batman movie.  I wonder what happened that they shrunk.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Essan 5 years ago
Aptenodytes albushttp://lovecraft.wikia.com/wiki/Albino_Penguin
Comment icon #3 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 5 years ago
Wot?
Comment icon #4 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
A giant penguin... cool... that was a pun in case some of you missed that, penguin-cool... i'll stop typing now


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