Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The 36 million old RED peniguin

Paleontologists in Peru found almost a full skeleton of a 36 million year old penguin. It Is the not the traditional black and white, these ones were reddish-brown and gray. They could weigh up to 150 lbs. or pounds. That is about twice the size of an Emperor penguin, which is the largest penguin species alive. They could grow up to five feet tall!!!! Scientists were able to find their color because of imprints of feathers found in rocks around the fossils. Scientists believe that the reason penguins, now a-days are black and white is because of camouflage. It helps them hide from predators such as seals, which did not exist one hundred years ago. The name of this type of pre historic penguin is Inkayacu paracasensis or Water King. I think these penguins were a very interesting type of penguin. I think that maybe one of the reasons the penguins were reddish-brown and grey was maybe to camouflage from the predators in their surroundings.


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