Kumimanu (Kumimanu biceae)

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Kumimanu seen from the side and front

The name Kumimanu (Kumimanu biceae) means monster bird. The fossil of this giant penguin was discovered in New Zealand and is currently used to understand the evolution of birds. Records show Kumimanu was enormous, almost the size of an average adult male and heavier than modern penguins. The flippers, legs, and body were extremely large. It is also thought to have much longer beaks compared to modern penguins. However, it still had typical penguin features like flipper-like wings and an upright stance. Unlike modern penguins that inhibit cold environments, Kumimanu lived in warm areas and was brown and not black and white.

Kumimanus have an overall height between 63”-67” (160-170 cm) and body width of 17.7”-19.3” (45-49 cm). The typical weight of the Kumimanu is in the range of 198-220 lb (90-100 kg).

Details

*Under Development*

Height:
63”-67” | 160-170 cm
Width:
17.7”-19.3” | 45-49 cm
Depth:
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Weight:
198-220 lb | 90-100 kg
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Scientific Name:
Kumimanu biceae
Lifespan:

Properties

Drawings include:

Kumimanu side elevations, front, back

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Penguins are a species of flightless aquatic birds that live south of the equator with the exception of one species that lives on Galapagos Island. Having adapted for water instead of air, the penguin’s wings have evolved from wings to flippers; useful for propelling the penguin through the water.

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