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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:41 am

An extinct penguin that was huge!

Scientists have discovered what they believe to be the biggest penguin to have ever waddled the Earth, standing taller than a human and weighing more than 18 stone (250lb).

The fossilised remains of this ancient mega penguin were uncovered on Seymour Island, just off the Antarctic at its nearest point to South America.

The site has been the source of thousands of significant penguin bones in the past, New Scientist reported, but a team from Argentina’s La Plata Museum have now found two giant fossils that tell us just how big the colossal penguin was.

Previously identified as Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, scientists were already aware of the species which lived between 37 and 40 million years ago.

But we now know the mega penguin would have been more than 2m (6ft 8ins) long from beak tip to toe, or 1.6m tall standing with its beak down, and weighed 115kg (18.1 stone).

That compares to just 46kg for the biggest living penguins – Emperors – which can reach lengths of 1.36m. The previous record-holding extinct penguin stood at 1.5m tall.

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Post by Stirky on Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:14 am

Oh my, that is a monster penguin!!!
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Post by X on Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:23 am

funk!

although scary...we could easily run away

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Post by Marilyn7 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:21 am

A 6"penguin would be neat to see , but from a distance lol . Nice tidbit Rockhopper Smile
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Post by Kaere on Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:25 am

Heheheeee.... "to have ever waddled the earth"

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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:23 pm

With 'guin like that you could see them eye to eye and be high in the pecking order!  flower 
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