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Klekowskii penguin takes size title away from emperor

Posted August 5, 2014
Klekowskii penguin takes size title away from emperor
Palaeeudyptes klekowskii. Credit: Geobios, doi:10.1016/j.geobios.2014.03.003

A new fossil discovery of bones makes the 90-pound emperor penguin, thought to be the largest of all penguins, rather puny. Penguin-watching has become all the more fascinating in light of new observations from researchers about the penguin past. RTcalled its headline The Big Kiekowskii, and New Scientist referred to the mega-penguin. They were talking about the study that presents newly unearthed fossils.


The title of their study is “New giant penguin bones from Antarctica: Systematic and paleobiological significance,” by Dr Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche and Marcelo Reguero. Antarctica was once home to the biggest species of penguin, ever—they were around 37 to 40 million years ago. Fossil deposits were excavated on Seymour Island, off the Antarctic peninsula. The researchers reckoned that this penguin was over six feet (2 meters) and weighed over 250 pounds (115 kilograms).The species is known asPalaeeudyptes klekowskii.

How did these researchers know the penguin was so huge?

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