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Newly Discovered 'Monster' Penguin Was As Tall As an Adult Human

By pearl • 12 months ago • 1208 views • 111 comments
Newly Discovered 'Monster' Penguin Was As Tall As an Adult Human

The newly discovered ancient penguin would have stood about 5 feet, 3 inches (1.6 meters) tall, or about the height of an adult woman. 

Fish swam for their lives when they encountered a forbidding, ancient "monster" penguin that would have towered over today's largest penguin, the emperor, a new study finds. The newly described aquatic beast, dubbed Crossvallia waiparensis, measured 5 feet, 3 inches (1.6 meters) tall, about the height of an adult woman. It weighed up to 176 lbs. (80 kilograms), packing on the pounds as it hunted aquatic prey around ancient New Zealand during the Paleocene epoch, 66 million to 56 million years ago.But while this newfound species was huge, it isn't the largest penguin on record. That honor goes to the 37-million-year-old Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, which stood an impressive 6.5 feet (2 m) tall and weighed 250 lbs. (115 kg). 


Amateur paleontologist and study co-researcher Leigh Love found fossilized leg bones of the newfound penguin in the town of Waipara, located in Canterbury, New Zealand. This region is a hotspot of giant, ancient animals. Other humongous, but now extinct, creatures discovered there include the world's largest parrot, a giant eagle, a giant burrowing bat, the moa (a giant, flightless bird) and five other penguin species.The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) was a shrimp compared with C. waiparensis. 


The modern bird stands between 3 and 3.9 feet (0.9 and 1.2 m) tall. But the emperor is just a distant relative of the newly identified creature. C. waiparensis's closest known relative is Crossvallia unienwillia, which also lived during the Paleocene but in Cross Valley, Antarctica. Though the land masses are separate today, New Zealand and Antarctica were connected during the Paleocene, the researchers said."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," study senior researcher Paul Scofield, the senior curator of Natural History at Canterbury Museum in New Zealand, said in a statement.Moreover, the leg bones of both Crossvallia penguins are starkly different from those of modern penguins. Anatomical studies suggest that Crossvalia either used their feet more in swimming than do modern penguins, or that the ancient birds hadn't yet adapted to standing upright, as today's penguins do.


The discovery of C. waiparensis and other large penguins dating to the Paleocene epoch offers more evidence that penguins became huge shortly after the extinction of the nonavian dinosaurs about 66 million years ago, study co-researcher Vanesa De Pietri, a research curator of Natural History at Canterbury Museum, said in the statement.It's no wonder, either, as being big has huge advantages for marine birds, said Daniel Ksepka, a curator at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, who was not involved in the research."In general, the larger an animal gets, the more efficient they become at conserving body heat (very important in penguins) and diving deeper and for longer periods of time," Ksepka told Live Science in an email. "Large size also opens up new prey options and protects them from smaller predators.


"So why are today's penguins smaller? It’s not totally clear, but good, old-fashioned competition for prey and territory might partly explain why penguins are no longer the giant behemoths they once were."Paleontologists are still working on this question, but a big factor could be the rise of pinnipeds (seals and kin), who start spreading around the oceans about the same time giant penguins start disappearing," Ksepka said. "They may have clashed with penguins not only as predators and competitors for similar prey but also monopolized breeding grounds needed for nesting colonies."The new study was published online Aug. 12 in the journal Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology. The ancient bird's fossils, as well as those of other giant penguins, will go on display at Canterbury Museum later this year.


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    12 months ago

    Ok

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    12 months ago

    Wow, there are really creatures on this planet.

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    12 months ago

    I don't think it is real

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    12 months ago

    Lies and lies upon lies

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    12 months ago

    As in newly discovered penguin as tall as a human,its not a monster its when its taller than the human being or starts eating other terrestrial animals that's when it can be classified as a monster,in other words its just a gigantic penguin...

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    12 months ago

    This is so incredible. Thanks for the information.

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    12 months ago

    Nawaooo, science and discovery. 

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    12 months ago

    Amazing

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    12 months ago
    good discovery, everyday some is discover
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    12 months ago


     

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    12 months ago
    The world is full of suprises now days.
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    12 months ago



     

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    12 months ago

    How come is penguin a monster

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    12 months ago

    So amazing

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    12 months ago

    So just because pegion is bigger than adult now, has now made it a monster.. scientist itslf can alter the rate at which it grows.. so we shouldn't be scared of tgem

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    12 months ago
    good discovery, everyday some is discover
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    12 months ago

    Okay 

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    12 months ago

    Monster remain monster it can never be beautiful

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    12 months ago

    Monster remain monster it can never be beautiful

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    12 months ago

    This a good information aboutthe historical

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    12 months ago

    God is great, their is more of these animals out there

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    12 months ago

    Wow 

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    12 months ago

    So marvelous 

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    12 months ago

    Marvelous

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    12 months ago

    well it's freaking huge if all these information are correct and they have to eat a lot to keep up with their body mass

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    11 months ago

    So amazing

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    12 months ago

    Amazing

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    12 months ago

    Nice info

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    12 months ago

    Amazing. Are they certain it is a penguin 

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    12 months ago

    Amazing God this is real, thanks for the latest

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    12 months ago

    Waoo 

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    12 months ago
    this is awesome
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    12 months ago

    37 million years old..... Quite amazed 

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    12 months ago

    Can we try to imagine standing beside a Penguin that is as tall as you are or probably taller in some cases, what goes through your mind within the few seconds?  Scary, amazed or shocked? I will definitely be thrilled with the thought of "how come?" running through my mind. 

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    12 months ago

    Interesting.,...... Love the peaguine geniuely

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    12 months ago

    This is really wonderful, God is great

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    12 months ago

    Better

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    12 months ago

    Great

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    12 months ago

     This amazingly wonderful, thanks for the information

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    12 months ago

     This amazingly wonderful, thanks for the information

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    12 months ago

     This amazingly wonderful, thanks for the information

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    12 months ago

    Awesome

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    12 months ago

    New observation

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    12 months ago

    Amazing

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    12 months ago

    Nice one

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    12 months ago

    God created so may wonderful thing 

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    12 months ago

    Wow 

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    12 months ago

    Please what makes him a MONSTER? To me he his not a MONSTER.

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    12 months ago

    Omo  this one  na monster true true if I see that one omo  na  run ooo

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