The fossilised remains of an unusual long-legged giant Penguin, first found by schoolchildren in New Zealand. Researchers said that they belonged to a previously unknown species. The fossils were recovered from the sandstone rock soon afterwards and donated to the Waikato Museum in 2017.
The group of schoolchildren who were taking part in an organised fossil hunting field trip in 2006 discovered the giant set of fossilised Penguin bones in Kawhia Harbour, in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island.
Penguin have a fossil record reaching almost as far back as the age of the dinosaurs, and the most ancient of these have been discovered in New Zealand.Taly Matthews, a long-time member of the Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club, and who works for the Department of Conservation in Taranaki, said that finding any fossil is exciting when you think about the time passed while this animal remained hidden in the rock. Finding a giant Penguin fossil though is on another level. As more giant fossils are discovered we get to fill in more gaps in the story.