A 'monster penguin' as big as a human once lived in New Zealand

A 'monster penguin' which stood as tall as a human has been identified by scientists in New Zealand.

15.8.2019

The giant penguin lived between 66 and 56 million years ago, during the Paleocene Epoch, making it one of the world's oldest known penguin species

A 'monster penguin' which stood as tall as a human has been identified by scientists in New Zealand.

A team of researchers from the Canterbury Museum discovered Crossvallia waiparensis after studying fossils found in Waipara, near the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's south island, according to a press release.

It lived between 66 and 56 million years ago, during the Paleocene Epoch, making it one of the world's oldest known penguin species.

According to researchers, the giant penguin's closest relative is another Paleocene species, Crossvallia unienwillia, and this second discovery provides further evidence that early penguins were massive.

"When the Crossvallia species were alive, New Zealand and Antarctica were very different from today -- Antarctica was covered in forest and both had much warmer climates," said Paul Scofield of the Canterbury Museum.

In early August the Canterbury Museum also revealed details of the world's largest parrot, which used its massive beak to crack open food.

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