Man-sized ancient penguins once ruled the coast of New Zealand

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Today's penguins might be cute, charming little flightless birds that draw your eye at your local zoo, but things were a whole lot different some 59 million years ago. Researchers working in New Zealand revealed today the discovery of an absolutely massive ancient penguin that would have given an adult human a real fright if the two were ever to have crossed paths.

The long-dead creature has been named Kumimanu biceae, which means "monster bird," and it most certainly lives up to that moniker. The giant penguin is thought to have stood around 5 feet 10 inches tall, which would have allowed it to stare many humans right in the eye, and it weighed a whopping 220 pounds when grown. Let's just say you wouldn't want to be competing against it for a fish.

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