Remains Of Giant 6-Foot, 8-Inch Penguin Species Found

August 6, 2014


The fossilized remains of a previously unknown species of giant penguin have been found in Antarctica. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii ("Colossus Penguin") stood almost seven feet tall, and weighed around 250 pounds. For reference, my roommate is 5'4" and almost 300. Plus just a terrible person to be around.

The bird's 37-million-year-old fossilized remains, which include the longest recorded fused ankle-foot bone as well as parts of the animal's wing bone, represent the most complete fossil ever uncovered in the Antarctic.

Interestingly, because larger bodied penguins can hold their breath for longer, the colossus penguin probably could have stayed underwater for 40 minutes or longer. It boggles the mind to imagine the kinds of huge, deep sea fish this mammoth bird might have been capable of hunting.

That was a huge bird! If you could be any kind of bird, what kind would you be? "One that can fly." Haha, good answer! Sorry, penguins. You're cute and all, but if life were a kickball game you would definitely get picked last, and possibly not at all. HOOT, HOOT (I'm an owl!).

Thanks to Mnemosyne, who wants to be friends with a penguin. Heck yeah, I want to be friends with ALL the penguins.

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