Prehistoric Life: A Time When Size Really, Really Did Count

From flying insects that would cave in your car’s bumper to a snake that, at an average 50 feet (15m) long, could easily have eaten a herd of cows for breakfast… there are some pretty large animals to have roamed the Earth in its history and this amazing science video takes us on a journey through them. It also provides us with a relative scale, so that we can appreciate just how f***ing huge they are in comparison with our own tiny selves. Just do yourself a favour and turn your computer’s volume off, because the accompanying music will make you want to bludgeon yourself to death with a brick.

Video Source: “World’s 10 Biggest Animals of All Time” Uploaded by Hybrid Librarian on YouTube channel

Author: Thea Beckman

Domain Eukarya, kingdom Animalia (Metazoa), phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Hominidae, genus Homo, species Homo sapiens, subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens... essentially. I have a Master's Degree in Atmospheric science, which doesn't entitle me to be generous with my opinion, but my sense of self importance does! I love writing, I love science, I love reading, but I'm not nuts about long walks on the beach. Short to medium walks are preferable. This is my blog and I have something important to say:

6 thoughts on “Prehistoric Life: A Time When Size Really, Really Did Count”

    1. It’s actually a little sad how we begin our lives with such lofty aspirations and then have them beaten out of us by the time we reach adulthood. All children are fascinated by the natural world, which is a grand thing… Actually, Sir David Attenborough said something along the lines of: When a child lifts a rock and chances upon a slug, he or she doesn’t find a slimy abhorrent creature, but rather a treasure! Children regard the natural world with such wonder and it’s the loss of that wonder that’s the greatest tragedy.

      1. Oh, I totally agree. I think this might go along the lines of something Einstein said – it’s a miracle creativity survives formal education. I think it is a problem increasing with each generation; kids are playing outside in the dirt or river or forest or whatever it may be less and less, opting for organized sports or staying in for homework or video games. I think this separation from nature at earlier ages is part of the problem. But while I have become disenchanted with the prospect of being a paleontologist, I don’t think I’ve lost my wonder for the natural world, and in the end I want to share that love with others.

      2. Yeah I’m totally shocked how parents raise their children nowadays. They put an iPad in their hands and send them to the corner to be quiet and squander their natural curiosity on mind-numbing games. No harm ever came of the odd scraped knee or cut elbows… only greater enchantment with the natural world. I’m glad to hear you haven’t lost that wonder; I guess you wouldn’t be commenting on this blog and I wouldn’t be writing it if we both had. Thank you mom and dad for booting my ass outside when you’d had enough of us kids making a noise inside the house 🙂

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