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Giant Penguin Fossils Found in Peru

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Giant Penguin Fossils Found in Peru

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Giant Penguin Fossils Found in Peru

Giant Penguin Fossils Found in Peru

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New evidence suggests that giant penguins once lived in a Peruvian desert more than 40 million years ago in the middle and late Eocene period. Researchers in Peru unearthed fossils of two species of ancient penguins, one of which stood over five feet tall and wielded a seven-inch beak.

Julia Clarke, assistant professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University; research curator of paleontology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; research associate, American Museum of Natural History

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