Giant penguin lived along dinosaurs

A giant penguin foot-bone discovered in New Zealand shows that the ancestors of everyone’s favourite flightless bird waddled Earth during the age of dinosaurs, researchers have found.

Before an asteroid wiped out non-avian dinosaurs some 65.5 million years ago, in other words, super-sized penguins breathed the same air as Triceratops and the flesh-ripping Tyrannosaurus.

The new find, unearthed by an amateur fossil hunter near the Waipara River in New Zealand, does not by itself prove penguin-dinosaur cohabitation.

The eight-centimetre bone dates from about 61 million years ago, well after Tyrannosaurus Rex and company faded from the scene.


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