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In this photo released by New Zealand's University of Otago, Ewan Fordyce, a professor of geology at the university, examines a composite skeleton of a giant penguin called a Kairuku at the university in Otago, New Zealand Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. It's taken 26 million years, but scientists say getting the first glimpse at what a long-extinct giant penguin looked like was worth the wait. 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 spearlike bill that have them describing it as one elegant bird. (AP Photo/University of Otago, Gabriel Aguirre) MANDATORY CREDIT

In this photo released by New Zealand's University of Otago, Ewan Fordyce, a professor of geology at the university, examines a composite skeleton of a giant penguin called a Kairuku at the university in Otago, New Zealand Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. It's taken 26 million years, but scientists say getting the first glimpse at what a long-extinct giant penguin looked like was worth the wait. 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 spearlike bill that have them describing it as one elegant bird. (AP Photo/University of Otago, Gabriel Aguirre) MANDATORY CREDIT

Extinct giant penguin

January 1, 1970

Experts from New Zealand and the United States reconstructed a fossil skeleton of one of the giant sea birds to reveal a body shape unique from known penguin species that lived roughly 26 million years ago.