Human-sized 'monster' penguin species discovered in New Zealand
Remains of a human-sized "monster" penguin have been discovered in New Zealand, scientists announced Wednesday.
The penguin was more than 5 feet tall and weighed more than 170 pounds, the statement said. It becomes part of a group of "gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna," including the world's largest parrot, a massive eagle, a huge burrowing rat, the moa and other large penguins, scientists said.
Paleontologist Leigh Love found the bones of the penguin at the Waipara Greensand fossil site in North Canterbury last year, and they were later analyzed by staffers from the Canterbury Museumand the Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Crossvallia waiparensi is the fifth and largest ancient penguin species found at the Waipara Greensand site.
“The fossils discovered there have made our understanding of penguin evolution a whole lot clearer,” said Paleontologist Dr. Gerald Mayr. “There’s more to come, too – more fossils which we think represent new species are still awaiting description.”
Fossils of the mega-penguin, along with those of several other giant species, will be on display at the Canterbury Museum later this year.