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Descriere: epa07773214 An undated handout photo made available by the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, 14 August 2019 showing a new species of giant penguin â€' about 1.6 metres tall â€' has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury. Canterbury museum report that The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. C. waiparensis is one of the world’s oldest known penguin species and also one of the largest â€' taller even than today’s 1.2 metre Emperor Penguin â€' and weighing up to 70 to 80 kg. Amateur palaeontologist Leigh Love found the bones at the Waipara Greensand fossil site in North Canterbury in 2018. Local fossil preparator Al Mannering readied them for study and helped describe them. A team comprising Canterbury Museum curators Dr Paul Scofield and Dr Vanesa De Pietri, and Dr Gerald Mayr of Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, analysed the bones and concluded they belonged to a previously unknown penguin species. EPA/CANTERBURY MUSEUM / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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Dimensiune: 1500 x 1225 px
Realizat: 2019-08-14
Introdus: 2019-08-14 17:13:40
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