Photo: Penguin Fossil: Museo Natural La Plata
Argentine paleontologists associated with the country’s Natural Sciences Museum of La Plata have made a key discovery in Antarctica.
The Argentine researchers have discovered giant penguin fossils thought to be some 34 million-years-old. Lead researcher Marcelo Reguero believes this is the largest, in term of height and body mass, penguin thought to have existed. The findings indicate the fossil remains belong to a 6.5” foot tall ancient penguin.
The researchers are hoping to continue their research and connect the research to study our modern-day penguins.
Other researchers that have studies pre-historic versions of the penguin believe they were brown and grey in coloring and not black and white as they are today.
Earlier this year, after a 35 year effort, a giant fossil penguin was reconstructed in New Zealand which was thought to be the giant Kairuku penguin that lived some 25 million-years ago. This penguin measured nearly 5-feet tall and weighed 130 pounds.