The great Auk was a bird of the genus Pinguinus. This genus belonged to the acid family, and the species that were part of it had the peculiarity of not being able to fly due to the size of their wings with respect to their weight. In fact, the resemblance of the giant alca with the penguins when they were first seen by the English caused them to be called by the same name, although both species were never related (exemplary case of convergent evolution). This bird weighed around 5 kilos, and averaged between 75 and 85 centimeters in height, thus being the largest animal in the acid family.
Despite its great agility in the water, it was an extremely duckling animal on land, being quite easy to hunt for all its predators, among which in addition to polar bears and some types of eagles were humans. For more than 100,000 years they were hunted by man, being an important delicacy in different Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures of North America and Europe, as shown by the punctures found in some caves dating back 35,000 years.Edit best answer History