Researchers discover fossils of penguins the size of NBA players
Researchers have discovered fossils of a 250-pound penguin on Antarctica's Seymour Island, Phys.org reports. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived some 37 million to 40 million years ago.A 250-pound, 6-and-a-half foot tall penguin? It's bad luck even seeing a thing like that... Of course, the article has to link to a ZOMG GLOBAL WARMING WILL KILL ALL TEH PENGUINZ!!!!111 scaremonger piece, but the fossil part is cool. It's really amazing how much has changed since this mudball got started.
That period was "a wonderful time for penguins, when 10 to 14 species lived together along the Antarctic coast," a researcher tells New Scientist. Researchers put the penguins' length at about 6-feet-7, New Scientist reports, or "tall enough to play in the NBA," as Discovery puts it.
Dinosaurs and fossils always fascinated me growing up. I'd probably have gone into archaeology if I'd grown up somewhere cool, like the Dakotas or the southwest, and had access to the possibility of fossils. Reconstructing history from the fragments left behind? Yeah, that's cool as heck.
I'm just trying to figure out who would be the Celtics' starting center if there were a giant 7-foot tall penguin to draft...
That is all.