The newly discovered animal, called “monster penguin” by the Canterbury Museum, is part of the gigantic wildlife that once inhabited New Zealand. Not surprisingly, it is one of the largest penguin species ever found, human size.
Water temperatures around New Zealand were ideal at that time, around 25 ° C, compared to the 8 ° C we have now.
The new species, Crossvallia Waiparensis, resembles another prehistoric giant penguin, Crossvallia unienwillia, which was found in Antarctica in 2000, measuring up to 1.6 m and weighing 80 kg. It is believed that penguins became so large because large marine reptiles disappeared from the oceans, almost at the same time that dinosaurs disappeared.
In 2018 the remains of the monster penguin’s inexperienced Paleontologist Leigh Love finds out that the giant penguin bones in 2018, and they were examined by a team from the Museum of Canterbury Museum & Senckenberg Natural History Museum in which is located in Frankfurt, Germany.
The largest live penguin species is the emperor penguin, which measures 1.2 meters tall.