Every Penguin in the World Comes from Earth’s Lost Eighth Continent

Photo credit: David Merron Photography/World Data Center for Geophysics and Marine Geology/National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA
Photo credit: David Merron Photography/World Data Center for Geophysics and Marine Geology/National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA

From Popular Mechanics

  • The oldest known crested penguin fossils found in New Zealand point to a much older species.

  • Researchers love New Zealand’s fossil record of penguins, including giant “monster penguins” that are almost 6 feet tall.

  • New Zealand is the last traces of a giant continent called Zealandia, which sank about 60 million years ago.

Researchers have found fossils they say determine almost conclusively that every penguin on Earth originally came from modern-day New Zealand. The small landmass we see today is only the topmost points of a sunken landmass once known as continental Zealandia, backnamed from the Dutch imperialist name for New Zealand: Nieuw Zeeland, not to be confused with the human-built micronation of Sealand.

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