Imagine standing next to a penguin taller than NBA superstar like Kobe was. It may seem ridiculous to think about today, but it was once possible. The colossus penguin (Palaeeudyptes klekowskii) stood at a staggering two meters in height. The enormous penguin lived with several other penguin species in prehistoric Antarctica. Due to its size, it could probably hold is breath for longer periods than other penguins, and may have hunted underwater for up to 40 minutes at a time.
lived 37 to 40 million years ago. This was “a wonderful time for penguins when 10 to 14 species lived together along the Antarctic coast”, says Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche of the La Plata Museum
She has been excavating fossil deposits on Seymour Island, off the Antarctic peninsula. This was a warmer region 40 million years ago, with a climate like that of present-day Tierra del Fuego, the islands at the southern tip of South America.