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Ancient giant penguin was as big as Sidney Crosby

Ancient giant penguin was as big as Sidney Crosby
From CBC - December 13, 2017

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The creature was slightly shorter in length and about nine kilograms (20 pounds) heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby. It measured nearly 1.77 metres(five feet, 10 inches) longwhen swimming and weighed in at 101 kilograms (223 pounds). Crosby is five feet, 11 inches and weighs 200 pounds.

If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 1.6 metres (five foot three).

The newly found bird is about 18centimetres (seven inches) longer than any other ancient penguin that has left a substantial portion of a skeleton, said Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. A potentially bigger rival is known only from a fragment of leg bone, making a size estimate difficult.

The biggest penguin today, the emperor in Antarctica, stands less than 1.2 meters (four feet) tall.

Maori monster

Mayr and others describe the giant creature in a paper released Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications. They named it Kumimanu biceae, which refers to Maori words for a large mythological monster and a bird, and the mother of one of the study's authors. The fossils are 56 million to 60 million years old.

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