Aptenodytes ridgeni

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Aptenodytes ridgeni
Temporal range: Early Pliocene?
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Sphenisciformes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Aptenodytes
Species: A. ridgeni
Binomial name
Aptenodytes ridgeni
Simpson, 1972

Aptenodytes ridgeni, occasionally called Ridgen's Penguin, is an extinct species of penguin from the Early (possibly Late) Pliocene of New Zealand. It was intermediate in size between its living congeners, standing an estimated 90–100 cm tall.

Remains were first found in 1968 on a Canterbury region beach by 11-year-old schoolboy Alan Ridgen.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill, Brian James (1991). New Zealand's extinct birds. Random Century. p. 25. ISBN 1-86941-125-0.