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Scientists in Peru have discovered a five-foot-tall, 36-million-year-old penguin fossil.
Can I say again that it was five feet tall? That's just about as awesome as the giant sloth.
Upon recovering a bit of a feather, they were able to determine that these were not your typical black-and-white tuxedo penguins, but they were rusty-red and gray. And five feet tall. Did I mention that? Additional discoveries from this fossil suggest that the evolution that took place to create our modern-day penguins actually took place early-on. Except for the part about being five feet tall.
Video here (National Geographic)