Fossil reveals human-sized penguin once roamed New Zealand

The fossil is thought to be 55 million years old


The study of a fossil found on the South Island of New Zealand revealed that an especially enormous penguin once roamed the area.

The bird is thought to have stood at around 5ft10in tall and weigh 223lbs.

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In contrast, the largest penguin now is an emperor penguin, which stands at around 4ft tall.

The fossilised partial skeleton is estimated to be at least 55 million years old.

The bird has been named Kumimanu biceae, from kumi, which means a large mythological monster in the Maori language. See more in the video above.

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