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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 02:10 PM

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

Canterbury Museum, August 19, 2019
https://www.canterburymuseum.com/about-us/media-releases/monster-penguin-find-in-waipara-north-canterbury/

Monster Penguin Find in Waipara, North Canterbury

A new species of giant penguin – about 1.6 metres tall – has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury.

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins.

C. waiparensis is one of the world’s oldest known penguin species and also one of the largest – taller even than today’s 1.2 metre Emperor Penguin – and weighing up to 70 to 80 kg.

(snip) The fossils of several giant species, including C. waiparensis, will be displayed in a new exhibition about prehistoric New Zealand at Canterbury Museum later this year.


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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:12 PM

1. Kinda weird seeing the words "monster" and "penguin" in the same sentence.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:16 PM

2. Didn't Burgess Meredith play one of these in a show once?

Danny DeVito too.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:17 PM

3. I've never trusted penguins.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:30 PM

6. Never trust anyone or anything that dresses formally for a garden party.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:23 PM

4. Wankers be Warned!

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:27 PM

5. Fuckin' monster penguins, y'all. nt

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:56 PM

7. Refugees from the Mountains of Madness?

Can the Shoggoths be far behind?

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