Scientists have discovered a penguin bone in New Zealand, which lived 55-60 million years ago and is the largest known penguin.
The fossil containing the remains of the bird was discovered about 10 years ago, but it was so big and heavy that the researchers studied it up to now.
Measurements of the detected parts of the skeleton show that the bird weighed about 100 kg and was about 1.7 m tall – about the same size and weight as humans.
The biggest species of living penguins is imperial, they reach a height of about 1.2 m. According to the researchers, giant penguins died out about 20 million years ago when mammals such as whales, seals, and others appeared in the sea.
A new species was named Kumimanu biceae. The first part of the name is made up of the words of Maori language which is widely spread in New Zealand, kumi means “big monster”, and manu is “bird”. Biceae comes from the nickname of the scientist’s mother who discovered the remains.