Penguins amazing NZ relic reconstructed


In New Zealand, a large wiped out penguin has been reconstructed from fossil remnants discovered. The hard work was partially inspired by the bird's unusual body form, which is diverse from any other known penguin, living or destroyed. The team's work appears in the magazine of Vertebrate Paleontology.



New Zealand was an attractive location for penguins twenty five million years ago because it offered both food and safety. The name Kairuku comes from a Maori sound that slackly translates to diver who proceeds with food. Researchers used skeleton from two separate examples of the very old birds, by means of the skeleton of a modern king penguin as a guide.

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