Gigantic Prehistoric Penguin Rivaling an Adult Gorilla in Weight
The discovery of a new species of penguin is an exciting development for paleontologists. Kumimanu fordycei, as it has been named, was unearthed in 2017 and is believed to have weighed over 340 pounds – the same weight as an adult gorilla! This makes it one of the largest known prehistoric birds ever found.
Kumimanu lived during the Paleocene Epoch some 56 million years ago and would have been quite fearsome due to its size. It likely had a powerful beak that could crush shells with ease, allowing it to feed on large prey such as squid or fish. Its wings were also well-developed which allowed it to fly short distances at high speeds when hunting or evading predators like sharks or whales.
This remarkable creature provides us with valuable insight into how animals evolved during this period in Earth’s history and helps us understand why modern-day penguins are so much smaller than their ancestors were millions of years ago. With further research, we may even uncover more about Kumimanu’s behavior and diet which will help paint a clearer picture of what life was like back then.Read more at Futurism