PUBLISHED: 08:02, Sat, Nov 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:11, Sat, Nov 28, 2020
Antarctica is the Earth’s southernmost continent, home to up to 5,000 dedicated researchers who study Earth’s history and the effects of climate change in temperatures that drop as low as -90C. The number of animals that inhabit the icy continent is also scarce – with mites, nematodes, seals and rare birds being spotted and documented over the years. By far the most common creature remains found are from the penguin – of the 17 species recorded over the years, only the emperor and Adelie inhabit the region around-the-year.
However, the discovery of one extinct animal on Seymour Island left scientists shocked.
British Antarctic Survey Professor David Walton detailed how a team uncovered a species known as the Palaeeudyptes klekowskii that once towered more than six feet during an interview on BBC’s Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’.
He said: “As an ecologist, history is written in fossils.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
“We know there were dinosaurs there and we know there were giant penguins too – six feet tall in fact.
Scientists discovered the remains of a huge penguin (Image: GETTY)
Climate change is affecting the region (Image: GETTY)
“We reconstructed a penguin from a single metatarsal that was found – it is amazing what you can do with one bone.
“So we know it was a much more interesting continent previously.”
The unearthed bones dated back 37 million years and new studies show the species could have measured almost twice the height of today's emperor penguins.