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Can you name the following living or extinct organisms as bigger or smaller than the example?
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Eagle: 8 foot wingspan?
Haast's Eagle went extinct c.1400 CE. It is actually known more for body-size than wingspan, weighing up to 16kg.
Snake: 2 feet diameter?
Titanoboa went extinct about 60 million years ago. It was about 60 feet long, up to 3 feet in diameter, and weighed over 1,100kg.
Whale: 250 tonnes?
The endangered Blue Whale is the largest animal known to have existed. The largest known specimen was about 190 tonnes.
Shark: 50 feet long?
Megalodon possibly went extinct around 1.5 million years ago. The massive predator grew perhaps over 65 feet in length.
Crocodilian: 100 feet long?
Rhamphosuchus may have gone extinct over 5 million years ago. Predating on fish, it grew up to about 55 feet in length.
Bacterium: 0.1mm in diameter?
Thiomargarita namibiensis, the largest bacterium discovered, grows as large as 0.75mm in diameter, making it easily visible to the naked eye.
Amphibian: 20 feet?
The crocodile-like salamander-relative Prionosuchus went extinct about 270 million years ago. It grew up to 30 feet long.
Mushroom (fruiting body): 5,000kg?
Fomitiporia ellipsoidea produces a massive log-like porous fruit, which can grow up to 500kg.
Flightless Bird: 650kg?
The Elephant Bird went extinct c.1600 CE. It topped out at around 10 feet tall and 500kg weight.
Tree: 500 feet tall?
The Coast Redwood is the tallest known tree. The tallest living specimen is ~380 feet.
Insect: 2kg?
Several dragonfly species, extinct for about 270 million years, had a wingspan of nearly 3 feet and weighed about 500 grams.
Sloth: 5 tonnes?
Megatherium may have lived until 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. Its weight was around 8 tonnes, simliar to an African elephant.
Dinosaur: 200 tonnes?
There are many candidates in the sauropod family, which went extinct about 65 million years ago. The largest were probably ~100 tonnes.
Bear: 8 feet tall?
Arctotherium went extinct around 10,000 years ago. The huge South American bear stood around 11 feet tall to shoulder.
Dog: 300kg?
The wolf Epicyon haydeni went extinct about 5 million years ago. It weighed ~170kg, a bit more than the largest domestic dogs ever bred.
Jellyfish: 100 foot tentacles?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Eagle: 8 foot wingspan?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Flightless Bird: 650kg?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Shark: 50 feet long?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Crocodilian: 100 feet long?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Sloth: 5 tonnes?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Whale: 250 tonnes?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Bear: 8 feet tall?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Dog: 300kg?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Snake: 2 feet diameter?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Dinosaur: 200 tonnes?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Amphibian: 20 feet?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Insect: 2kg?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Jellyfish: 100 foot tentacles?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Tree: 500 feet tall?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Bacterium: 0.1mm in diameter?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
Mushroom (fruiting body): 5,000kg?
A specimen of Lion's mane jellyfish discovered in 1870 had a bell over 8 feet in diameter, and tentacles exceeding 120 feet long.
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