Welcome Back to ask yourself the loaded question “Who /
What am I?”!
As I said at the end of the last page, The highly
materialistic / science minded / “Modern” amongst you
and in the words of the Pioneer Psychologists of yore,
Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung) the highly egoistic
/”Id”d / “Ego”istic / “Super Ego”istic amongst you may
off-hand rattle off “I am “X” the Biggest / Strongest /
Greatest / ever!”!
But even as you are saying it, I can hear some of the
since-extinct animals, which were much bigger than us –
the on-an-average 5’6″ tall modern humans – mutter and
groan in their graves / fossils “What about us?”!
Yes! The largest extinct terrestrial (land-dwelling)
animals like dinosaurs, mastodons, mammoths etc.,
and the largest extinct marine (sea-dwelling) animals,
(which actually started off as small,land-dwelling
mammals) like Liopleurodon and Basilosaurus.
The tallest of the dinosurs, Sauroposeidon, which
lived 245 to 146 million years ago and perished in the
Great K-T mass extinction, stood 18 meters (59 ft) tall
and could have reached, from the ground, a sixth floor
window of a multi-storey building of today!
The mastodons (Greek: μαστός “breast” and ὀδούς, “tooth”)
are an extinct group of mammal species related to elephants,
that diverged approximately 27 million years ago, inhabited
North and Central America during the late Miocene or late
Pliocene up to their extinction at the end of the Pleistocene
10,000 to 11,000 years ago. The exceptionally large amongst
the male mastodons may have reached heights in the region of
4 m (13 ft) at the shoulder and exceeded 12 tonnes (13 short
The mammoths, of the extinct genus Mammuthus, lived from the
Pliocene epoch (from around 5 million years ago) into the
Holocene at about 4,500 years ago. The largest known mammoths
reached heights in the region of 4 m (13 ft) at the shoulder
and weights may have exceeded 12 tonnes (13 short tons).
Liopleurodon, which was one of the largest carnivores to live
on this Earth,lived from about 165 to 150 million years ago
in the Late Jurassic period.It was a 16-25m long predator
with a 3 metre long jaw and 4 metre long head and weighed
Basilosaurus (“king lizard”) (initially believed to be some
sort of reptile, hence the suffix -“saurus”, but it was later
found to be a marine mammal) was a genus of early whale
that lived 40 to 34 million years ago in the Late Eocene.
Measuring “no less” than 80–100 ft (24–30 m) long, and
weighing 50-75 tons, Basilosaurus cetoides was the largest
But even as we are recalling, in awe, with tears in our eyes
and sobbing too, the old sad memories of the gigantic but
extinct (mostly, at least in recent times, due to human
errors!) animals listed above, can you hear another massive
group of existing / continuing / living plants and animals
rustling / clicking / singing / howling / roaring / trumpetting
(heard of “bioacoustics”?) and so clamouring for our attention –
the largest living plant, giant sequoia; the largest living
marine animal,the blue whale and the largest living land
animal, the African bush elephant?
That will be the story for another day, Okay??!!
So long, Sayonara, then!