Name: Kumimanu ‭(‬monster bird‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ku-me-ma-nu.
Named By: G.‭ ‬Mayr,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Scofield,‭ ‬V.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬De Pietri‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Tennyson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Aves,‭ ‬Sphenisciformes.
Species: K.‭ ‬biceae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore.
Size: Roughly estimated to stand between‭ ‬1.6‭ ‬and‭ ‬1.7‭ ‬centimetres tall.
Known locations: New Zealand‭ ‬-‭ ‬Moeraki Formation.
Time period: Paleocene.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.

       Kumimanu is a genus of penguin that lived in New Zealand during the Paleocene period.‭ ‬With a minimum height of one hundred and sixty centimetres,‭ ‬Kumimanu was huge for a penguin.‭ ‬This makes Kumimanu at least fifty centimetres taller than the emperor penguin‭ (‬Aptenodytes forsteri‭) ‬which is the largest penguin alive today.‭ ‬Like living penguins,‭ ‬Kumimanu is thought to have hunted fish.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A Paleocene penguin from New Zealand substantiates multiple origins of gigantism in fossil Sphenisciformes.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature Communication‭ ‬8:1927.‭ ‬-‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Mayr,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Scofield,‭ ‬V.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬De Pietri‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Tennyson‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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