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Anthropornis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Spheniscidae
Rank  Genus
Class  Aves
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Sphenisciformes
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Similar  Pachydyptes, Icadyptes salasi, Palaeeudyptes, Palaeeudyptinae, Archaeospheniscus

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Anthropornis is a genus of giant penguin that lived 45-33 million years ago, during the Late Eocene and the earliest part of the Oligocene. It reached 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) in height and 90 kg (200 lb) in weight. Fossils of it have been found on Seymour Island off the coast of Antarctica and in New Zealand. By comparison, the largest modern penguin species, the emperor penguin, is just 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) tall.

The type species, Anthropornis nordenskjoldi, had a bent joint in the wing, probably a carryover from flying ancestors.

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Anthropornis Wikipedia


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