Scientists on Tuesday revealed about their recent findings of fossilized remains that they say are pointing to be of one of the largest penguins ever that have survived in New Zealand till now.
The researchers cleared in their statement that the discovered fossilized remains say that it was of an elegant giant, which would have stood approximately 1.3 meters, i. e. 52 inches tall, in New Zealand almost 27-24 million years ago, the time when most of the New Zealand was underwater and the region had isolated, rocky outcrops offering protection from predators and plentiful food supplies.
The research began in this field when in the year 1977 and University of Otago Paleontologist Professor Ewen Fordyce found the first most unusual traces of the penguin, which he dubbed as Kairuku, i. e. Maori for diver who returns with food embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island.
For many years, Fordyce continued his research and succeeded in discovering more complete remains of the penguins. To get an expert help in his research, he invited University of North Carolina specialist Dr. Dan Ksepka in the year 2009 to help him reconstruct the lost giant and uncover some more facts about him.
Both the expert brains recollected from their efforts that the bird was much larger and bigger in size as compared to the modern penguins or the penguins that we have in our world. They revealed that the bird would have been twice large in size as compared to the Emperor, which grows only up to 1.0-metres, and weighed in at 60 kilograms (132 pounds).
“Kairuku was an elegant bird by penguin standards, with a slender body and long flippers, but short, thick legs and feet”, Ksepka said.