Photo Gallery: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Found

Photo Gallery: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Found
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An artist's rendition shows two newfound species of ancient penguinIcadyptes salasi (right) and Perudyptes devriesi (left)next to Peru's only living penguin, Spheniscus humboldti (center).

P. devriesi, which lived 42 million years ago, was comparable in size to the king penguin, the second largest modern species.

But at about 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall, the 35-million-year-old I. salasi is one of the largest penguins ever described.

Anne Minard

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