Giant penguin fossil
Fossil of a giant penguin – Kairuku waewaeroa. Dated late Eocene – early Oligocene age, between 27.3 and 34.6 million years. Waewaeroa is Maaori for “long legs”. This giant penguin's long legs would have made this species much taller than other ancient giant penguins, and it is estimated that it was about 1.6 metres long from toe to beak tip and 1.4 metres tall when standing up.
Fossil embedded in mud stone. Place found: Kawhia Harbour, Te Waitere Inlet. Found by the Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club (JUNATS) group members in January 2006 and recovered in February 2006.
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