Did you know that there was a penguin that was the size of a human being?

The Canterbury Museum, participated in the discovery of the so-called Giant Penguin, this is part of the gigantic fauna that once inhabited New Zealand.

The new species, Crossvallia waiparensis, resembles another prehistoric giant penguin, Crossvallia unienwillia, which was found in Antarctica in 2000. It measured up to 1.6m and weighed 80kg. It is believed that penguins got so big because large marine reptiles disappeared from the oceans, around the same time that the dinosaurs disappeared.

Amateur paleontologist Leigh Love discovered the giant penguin bones in 2018, and they were analyzed by a team from the Canterbury Museum and the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Frankfurt, Germany.

The largest living penguin species is the emperor penguin, which stands at 1.2 meters tall.

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