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Published on Apr 7, 2013
Six years ago a group of enthusiastic junior naturalists were scouring the beach at Kawhia hoping to find prehistoric relics. A couple of children stumbled on "an old rusty propeller". One look at this rusty iron bar and the accompanying adults knew they had found a treasure. Hamilton Junior Naturalist (JUNATS) mentors Tony Lorimer and Chris Templer, identified it at once as an avian fossil.
"We were looking for fossil sea urchins and what we found was a penguin -- what a bonus!" said Mr Templer.
Waikato Museum is the home of the 38 million year old giant penguin fossil, a national treasure, purported to be the most complete giant penguin found to date. The Giant Penguin is now on display.