August 13th, 2014

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Remains of Six-Foot-Tall Penguin Found In Antarctica

Scientists found the remains of the Palaeeudyptes klekowskii species of penguin on Seymour Island, off the coast of Antarctica, and published their findings in ScienceDirect. The ancient species once stood about 6.6 feet tall, dwarfing the emperor penguin, which is the biggest species today, and only reaches about 4 feet tall. The fossil remains of the colossus penguin demonstrate its impressive size—its tarsometatarsus bone, which is the joint between the ankle and the foot, is the one that most accurately indicates size. At 3.6 inches, it’s the largest such bone ever recorded for penguins, leading to the calculations that the penguins stood at well over 6 feet with their beaks pointed upward, and well over 5 feet from head to toe. Oh, they also weighed in at around 250 pounds.

Would you rather fight 100 regular sized penguin, or one Klekowskii?

Me, I’m a lover, not a fighter.


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