Sunday, February 19, 2006


‘Giant’ fossil penguin found in NZ

`A group of New Zealand school children have found the remains of what is believed to be a 40 million-year-old “giant” penguin, a report says.

Had the species of penguin survived to the present day it would have looked “many men in the eye”, the Waikato Times report says.

The remains were found last month near Kawhia, on the west coast of the North Island, by children looking for fossils for a nearby natural history museum.

“I went ‘oh my God’, and just about keeled over on the reef,” group leader Chris Templer recalled saying when several bones were seen sticking out from a sandstone platform uncovered by the tide.’

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