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Ancient penguin was as big as (human) Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby

The creature was about 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 metres ) long when swimming, just shy of the official height listing for hockey star Sidney Crosby.

This illustration provided by Gerald Mayr shows the sizes of an ancient giant penguin Kumimanu biceae and a human being.

Gerald Mayr / Senckenberg Research Institute via The Associated Press

This illustration provided by Gerald Mayr shows the sizes of an ancient giant penguin Kumimanu biceae and a human being.

NEW YORK — Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was the size of a grown man. In fact, it was about as big as the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The creature was about 5 feet, 10 inches (1.77 metres ) long when swimming, just shy of the official height listing for hockey star Sidney Crosby.

When the bird was standing, though, it was only about 5-foot-3 (1.6 metres ).

The ancient penguin lived about 56 million to 60 million years ago. Researchers reported Tuesday that it's the biggest penguin known among those that have left substantial skeletons to analyze.

The biggest penguin today, the emperor in Antarctica, stands less than 4 feet (1.2 metres ) tall.

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