POSTED: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 12:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Scientists are getting the first glimpse at what a long-extinct giant penguin looked like.
Experts from New Zealand and the United States have reconstructed the fossil skeleton of one of the giant sea birds for the first time, revealing long wings, a slender build and a spear-like bill.
In research published this week scientists say the bird stood about 4’2” tall and had a body shape unique from any previously known penguin, living or extinct.
The bird lived about 26 million years ago.