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Fossil Find: Penguins the Size of NBA Players

www.newscientist.com Published: August 11, 2014
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Forget emperor penguins, say hello to the colossus penguin. Newly unearthed fossils have revealed that Antarctica was once home to the biggest species of penguin ever discovered. It was 2 meters long and weighed a hefty 115 kilograms, according to NewScientist.com.


Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived 37 to 40 million years ago. This was "a wonderful time for penguins, when 10 to 14 species lived together along the Antarctic coast," said Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche of the La Plata Museum in Argentina.


She has been excavating fossil deposits on Seymour Island, off the Antarctic peninsula. This was a warmer region 40 million years ago, with a climate like that of present-day Tierra del Fuego, the islands at the southern tip of South America.



H/T: Newser
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