Remains Of Enormous Species Of Extinct Penguin Discovered

Other | Tuesday 12th December 2017 | David

The bones of a gigantic species of extinct penguin have been discovered in New Zealand. 

The Guardian have reported that the bird, which has been named Kumimanu biceae, stood at 1.77 meters tall and existed between 55 to 60 million years ago. The bones had actually been discovered several years prior, but have only now been properly examined and identified as the remains of an entirely new species.

And although today’s penguins have a reputation for being cute and cuddly, this bird was armed with a gigantic beak which it used to catch fish, so you probably wouldn’t have wanted it to cross your path. This gives us an idea of how large these creatures were, the following image below features a scale representation of Kumimanu biceae compared to a human diver, and as you can see, it was huge.