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Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 1.77 meters that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.Researchers said on Tuesday the ancient penguin, called Kumimanu biceae, weighed nearly 101 kg, and was much bigger than the largest of these flightless seabirds alive today, the emperor penguin, which grows to about 1.2 meters and about 40 kg.Studies suggest early penguins were brownish, not the trademark black and white of today's penguins, Mayr said.Penguins are thought to have evolved from a flying ancestor perhaps resembling a cormorant, Mayr said.
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