Penguins are funny seabirds, lacking the ability to fly, but excellent at swimming. Surely many of us have seen how ridiculous these animals move on land or slide on the ice.
Modern penguins rarely exceed a meter in length and seem to be rather harmless animals for humans. But would we treat them the same if the growth of the average penguin exceeded that of a human, and the mass fluctuated around the 100 kg mark?
According to archaeologists, these are the giant penguins that lived on our planet before. Fossils of such a penguin, which was later attributed to the new species Kumimanu became, were discovered during excavations in New Zealand. It is established that Kumimanu lived on Earth about 55-59 million years ago вЂ” after the beginning of the extinction of the dinosaurs.
The fossilized remains of a penguin give reason to believe that its body reached 175 cm in length. It is unlikely that scientists have come across the largest individual of this species, so it can be assumed that giant penguins reached a length and 180 cm вЂ” the average height of a modern man.
At the moment, it is the largest penguin species known to us that has ever lived on the planet.