Picture a penguin. What do you see? Short, chubby, and adorable, right? Now picture a penguin the size of a human adult. Suddenly, not so adorable.
Researchers in New Zealand have discovered the fossils of a previously unknown species of giant penguin that lived approximately 60 million years ago. They estimate its height to have been somewhere between 5’3″ and 5’10”. The largest penguins living today, emperor penguins, top out around four feet. Even more alarming is the weight of the prehistoric penguins: about 220 pounds. That was one beefy bird.
Believe it or not, there may have been an even larger penguin waddling around at one time. Remains of a six-and-a-half-footer were found in Antarctica. That’s taller than anyone currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.