Ancient Penguins

Subject: Ancient Penguins
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 15:55:43 +1000
On Sat, Jul 29, 2006 at 12:15:13PM +1000, Paul & Irene Osborn wrote:
> Birds may have been around longer than we think, even before the K/T
> (Cretaceous/Tertiary) boundary.

By "birds" I assume you mean modern birds (Neornithes); ancient birds
like Archaeopteryx have been around since the late Jurassic.

This site has a reconstruction of the early penguin along with a
phylogeny diagram:

The diagram includes Vegavis, an early Anseriformes (waterfowl) from
known from a partial fossil from Antarctica, which is placed before
the K/T boundary.

(The DigiMorph website,, is well worth a
look - spectacular 3D images of biological specimens, modern and

   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.

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