Scientists have studied the fossilized remains of an ancient penguin found in New Zealand. According to experts, the bird lived 56–66 million years ago.
The penguin was a real giant - its size was about 160 cm, that is, slightly less than the average height of our contemporaries. The weight of the fossil bird was at least 80 kg. For comparison, the body weight of the largest modern species - the imperial - from 25 to 45 kg.
Scientists recreated the approximate appearance of an ancient giant penguin
According to paleontologists, primitive penguins led about the same way of life as modern ones, ate fish and other marine life. But the reason for their extinction remains a mystery. Probably, the birds appeared natural enemies - predators, as well as more successful competitors for food.