Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Found

Photo Gallery: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Found

An artist's rendition shows two newfound species of ancient penguin—Icadyptes salasi (right) and Perudyptes devriesi (left)—next to Peru's only living penguin, Spheniscus humboldti (center).

P. devriesi, which lived 42 million years ago, was comparable in size to the king penguin, the second largest modern species.

But at about 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall, the 35-million-year-old I. salasi is one of the largest penguins ever described.

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