New discovery proves penguins used to be as big as humans

It’s been revealed that giant penguins were once a thing of the past, following a new fossil discovery.

New Zealand scientists announced the discovery of ‘Crossvallia Waiparensis’/’Monster Penguin’ this week, from fossils located in Waipara, North Canterbury, last year.

It’s understood the species could have been one of the world’s oldest known penguin species, but also, one of the largest.


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The penguin would have stood around 1.6 metres tall, and weighed between 70 and 80 kilograms. See? MONSTER.

Amateur paleontologist Leigh Love made the incredible discovery, and teams from the Canterbury Museum and the Senckenberg National History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, helped analyse them.

They’ve also determined the monster penguin would have lived between 66 and 56 million years ago, during the Paleocene Epoch.

Dr Vanesa De Pietri from the Canterbury Museum says discovering a second giant penguin from the Paleocene Epoch is further evidence that early penguins were huge.

“It further reinforces our theory that penguins attained a giant size very early in their evolution,” she said.

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