Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Image of the Eocene Penguin

Palaeontologist Rodolfo Salas shows the feathers of a giant fossilized penguin at Peru's Natural History Museum in Lima October 5, 2010. The preserved feathers and scales of the giant fossilized penguin, discovered on Peru's central coast and dated by paleontologists to 36 million years ago, provide a glimpse of Peru's Eocene period and how the species evolved to its modern state, paleontologists say. The ancient version of the marine bird was about 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall and weighed almost 60 kg (132 lb), dwarfing today's Empire Penguin, the largest of the modern-day species. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo. 
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