Giant Penguins Roamed Antarctica 40 Million Years Ago
By: Erin Ruberry
A long time ago in a galaxy not-so-far away, massive penguins roamed wild.
The time: 37 to 40 million years ago.
The place: Antarctica.
New fossil evidence reveals that these now-extinct penguins stood more than six feet tall and weighed around 250 pounds. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, dubbed the "colossus penguin," was far larger than today's biggest penguin, the Emperor penguin, which can grow to heights of about 3.7 feet.
Our friends at SourceFed break it down:
Modern penguins may be much smaller than their ancient ancestors, but their will to survive and thrive is extraordinary: