Named By: G. Mayr, R. P. Scofield, V. L. De Pietri & A. J. D. Tennyson - 2017.
Classification: Chordata, Aves, Sphenisciformes.
Species: K. biceae (type).
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.
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
which is the largest penguin alive today. Like living penguins,
Kumimanu is thought to have hunted fish.
- 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.