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This human-sized penguin isn't even the largest ancient penguin we know about

But boy is it big.

an illustration of a giant ancient penguin

The researchers estimate a length of 1.77 m, or nearly 5' 10".

Reconstruction by G. Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute

Imagine you’re in New Zealand during the late Paleocene, around 60 million years ago. That means you’re pretty much in Antarctica (thanks, continental drift), but don’t worry: you’re enjoying subtropical climes. Then you hear something large shuffling toward the shore, coming up from behind you. Wow, you think, did two humans time travel to this exact spot at the exact same time? How awkward.

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