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17:38  14 august  2019
17:38  14 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand

Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. 

The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand 's South Island, scientists announced An amateur fossil hunter found leg bones belonging to the bird last year and it was confirmed as a new species in research published this week in

The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand 's South Island, scientists announced Named "crossvallia waiparensis", it hunted off New Zealand 's coast in the Paleocene era, 66-56 million years ago. An amateur fossil hunter found leg

Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand© Johannes van Kan Canterbury Museum researcher Vanesa De Pietri (L) said the discovery reinforces the theory that penguins attained great size early in their evolution The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday.

The giant waddling sea bird stood 1.6 metres (63 inches) high and weighed 80 kilograms, about four times heavier and 40cm taller than the modern Emperor penguin, researchers said.

Named "crossvallia waiparensis", it hunted off New Zealand's coast in the Paleocene era, 66-56 million years ago.

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WELLINGTON: The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand ´s South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. The giant waddling sea bird stood 1.6 metres (63 inches) high and weighed 80 kilograms, about four times heavier and 40cm

The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand 's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. The giant waddling sea bird stood 1.6 metres (63 inches) high and weighed 80 kilograms, about four times heavier and 40cm taller than the

An amateur fossil hunter found leg bones belonging to the bird last year and it was confirmed as a new species in research published this week in "Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology".

Canterbury Museum researcher Vanesa De Pietri said it was the second giant penguin from the Paleocene era found in the area.

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Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand
Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand

"It further reinforces our theory that penguins attained great size early in their evolution," she said.

Giant penguin fossil found in New Zealand© Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images Representative Image Scientists have previously speculated that the mega-penguins eventually died out due to the emergence of other large marine predators such as seals and toothed whales.

New Zealand is well known for its extinct giant birds, including the flightless moa, which was up to 3.6-metres tall, and Haast's eagle, which had a wingspan of three metres.

Just last week, Canterbury Museum announced the discovery of a prodigious parrot that was one metre tall and lived about 19 million years ago.

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