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Friday, September 5, 2014

THE LARGEST CREATURES EVER ON PLANET EARTH


There was a blurb today of a 2005 finding in Patagonia (Argentina) of a Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur, the Dreadnoughtus schrani, the possible largest creature to ever walk on Planet Earth.  Latest reports indicate a beast 85 feet long, 30 feet tall, weighing in at 130,000 pounds, about a dozen African elephants or seven Tyrannosaurus Rexes.  If you keep up with these things, dinosaurs lived in the period 65 to 230 million years in the past.  Dreadnoughts existed near the end, from 84-65 million years ago.  Homo sapiens, us, only began maybe 200,000 (0.2 million) years ago, and likely first had  any kind of culture like religion perhaps from 50,000 BC.  On the other hand, 40% of Americans truly believe that God created Earth 10,000 years ago.

Mind you, only a few bones were found:


However, these bits of evidence led to the above speculation.   Here is paleontologist Kenneth Lacorvara of Drexell University with his discovery:




But how really big is this creature?
  • An empty Boeing 737-900 is 93,680 pounds.  
  • The latest Boeing 747-8I weighs 472,900 pounds, with takeoff at 975,000 pounds.

  • More than 100 feet long.
  • Heavier than 400,000 pounds.
  • Only consumes (8,000 pounds/day or 40 million) krill, a smallish shrimp, for the throat has a diameter of a beach ball.
  • Tongue about the weight of an elephant.
  • Heart weighs as much as an automobile.
  • Newborn baby is 6,000 pounds, and initially gains 200 pounds/day.
  • The loudest animal on the planet, and can hear the bellow a thousand miles away.
  • Has a life expectancy near a century.
  • From 1900 to the mid-60's, 360,000 were slaughtered, and the species almost became extinct.
  • There are now from 5,000 to 25,000 currently swimming in all our oceans, but the population a century ago was around 300,000.
  • The term, blue whale, was first used by Herman Melville in Moby Dick, but this was an albino sperm whale.  There is speculation that Moby Dick could have been as large as a blue whale, but the largest sperm whale is no more than 67 feet long.  But, that is the advantage of a novel...you can say what you want.
  • The best place to see blue whales is probably the north coast of New Zealand.
  • Here is a mounted version at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City:

Well, then, what about prehistoric whales?  Interesting, but whales began as puppies, and, over time evolved to the current giant size.  Some have hinted that the Brasilosaurus might have been the biggest ever creature, but latest scientific indications point to a max of  60 feet and 150,000 pounds.
Surely, the Megaladon, that giant prehistoric shark was larger than a blue whale today.  Nope, fossils indicate a maximum length of 59 feet.  

How large is the Loch Ness Monster?  First, as in flying saucers, people make a living perpetuating those myths.  That most famous 1934 photo to the right taken by Dr. Robert Wilson, a London gynecologist?  Scientific analysis indicated that this particular beast might have been, maybe, three feet long.  In any case, the image was revealed as a fake in 1975.  It can be noted, though, that there is more water in Loch Ness than all the other lakes in England, Scotland and Wales put together.  Here is a Legend of Nessie site for those into this.

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