A photo from open sources PHOTO: globallookpress Emperor penguins were not the largest representatives of their kind, reports New Scientist. A recent discovery by scientists suggests that Antarctica was home to giant penguins whose height approximately equal to 2 meters, and the weight reached 115 kilograms. Photos from open sources
The so-called Palaeeudyptes klekowskii inhabited the Earth 37-40 million years ago. According to an employee of the Argentine Museum La Plata Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche then had a wonderful time for penguins, when 10 to 14 lived on the coast of Antarctica species of these animals. During the excavation of the remains near Antarctic Peninsula researchers discovered about a thousand penguin bones. Moreover, the climate in those places 40 million years ago was much hotter like Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of the South America. Earlier, Acosta Hospitaleche reported that specialists Museum managed to find the most complete skeleton of Palaeeudyptes klekowskii, which contained only a dozen bones, basically it there were remains of wings and paws. Now two large bones: part of the wing and foregut, which is formed by the fusion of bones foot and ankle joint. Based on this find, scientists concluded that the growth of Palaeeudyptes klekowskii was 2.01 meters in length – from the tip of the beak to the tips of the fingers. Growth of these penguins were slightly different from the length due to the nature of their stance, however, it can already be argued that Palaeeudyptes klekowskii were really huge. As Acosta Hospitaleche added, giant growth allowed this species to dive to great depths and stay under water for 40 minutes, which gave them noticeable advantage in fishing.