March of the Fossil Penguins

Fossil penguin discoveries and research

Kairuku in the News

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Our new penguins are receiving some nice coverage.

North Carolina State University is promoting the new penguins:

More coverage at:

National Geographic , Discovery News , Live Science , US News , Science Daily


Written by Dan Ksepka

February 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hi Daniel!

    Right now I’m working on a short blogpost about ‘your penguins’ and I was wondering, why so many science news websites (sciencedaily, livesciene, ABC Science, etc.) claim, that the Kairuku are the biggest penguins ever to be discovered. You mentioned that they are tall in comparison to the emperor penguin, but I’d like to know, why so many people got this wrong. I had no access to the paper but for me it seems obvious, that the Kairuku penguins are definetly not the biggest penguins ever found/discovered. Species of the genera Anthropornis and Pachydyptes were way bigger/taller. What’s your opinion on this interpretation? I’d really like to know.

    Congratulations to your discovery and your great blog!

    Best wishes from Vienna and TIA,

    Philipp Wagner


    February 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  2. Dear Phillip,
    I am going to send some info on this, but to other readers I’m planning a post about penguin size later this week, so stay tuned.

    Dan Ksepka

    February 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  3. Thanks for the quick response and for sending me a preview of your post! I didn’t consider, that all we know about the height of P. ponderosus is based on extrapolations and therefor afflicted with uncertainty…


    March 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

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