If I were to ask you what’s the largest thing
to have ever lived on planet earth, most people
would say… THE BLUE WHALE OF COURSE! But,
despite popular belief… it’s not!
So, what on earth… is or should I say was?
I’m Stu, this is Debunked, and we’re here
to sort the truth from the myths and the facts
from the misconceptions.
Okay, so if the Blue Whale sets the benchmark
by which all other living creatures are measured,
it probably makes sense to first establish
just how BIG a Blue Whale can get?
The biggest one ever discovered was found
in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica back in
1947. it weighed in at a hefty 190 metric
tons (209.4 US TONS / 418,878 lb),
which is the equivalent to 104 standard family
SUVs. It also measured a huge 27.6 meters
(90 ft 6 in) long, close to the length of
a short haul airliner (Airbus 318)
and its estimated volume was roughly the size
of 7 fuel trucks, at 223 cubic meters (7875
feet3). Remember that for later…
What could possibly out-size something this
massive?
Well, whales first appeared around 40 million
years ago, so to find out what could possibly
top such a titan,
it would make sense to take a look at this
prehistoric era of Earth’s history,
when great monstrous-sized beasts walked the
planet,
plants were the size of VWs and colossal creatures
swam in our oceans.
So, let’s start with dinosaurs… or more
accurately Titanosaurs
– a group of four legged veggiesaurus’ with
long tails and small heads.
The largest of these dinosaurs to have ever
walked the Earth is believed to be the Argentinosaurus.
Its discovery in the 1990s stunned paleontologists
the world over,
with a length of 35 meters and a weight of
70 metric tons (tonnes / 70,000kg)!
Put this next to most people’s common point
of dino sized reference – the T-Rex, and it
dwarfs the goat eating carnivore.
However the title was hotly contended in 2017
by the discovery of the Patagotitan mayorum.
This titanosaur was believed to have a skeleton
10% larger than the Argentinosaurus,
but recent weight estimations put it just
shy at 69 tonnes.
Both Titanosaurs maybe longer than the whale,
but put the Argentinosaurus
and the Patagotitan on a set of scales and
the pair together wouldn’t out weigh our
big blue heffer.
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In fact, Whales are so much larger because
they live in the ocean.
On land, animals suffer the full effect of
gravity, but for sea based organisms;
the water’s buoyancy reduces the strain
on their muscles and skeletons, allowing them
to grow to such vast sizes.
When something as huge as a blue whale becomes
beached or stranded on land,
their muscles can’t support their body weight
out the water and they will basically be crushed
to death under their own weight.
So with the ocean providing the best environment
for a creature to super-size itself,
let’s take a look in to the deep blue, and
more specifically the Cretaceous period to
see what competition there would have been…
Now anyone who’s witnessed this scene before
will surely think that this prehistoric monster
offers some competition for a Blue Whale?
That, is a Mosasaur…
and THAT is a GREAT WHITE SHARK serving as
an amuse bouche.
Now, if this is your average sized Great White
then the Mosasaur would make up the length
of about 9 of these sharks.
With your average Great White measuring in
at 5.3 meters, that means the Mosasaur measures
in at nearly 48 METERS!
And this is how our Blue Whale sizes up against
this leviathan!
But here’s where Hollywood gets carried away
with itself…
Mosasaurs aren’t believed to have grown
any longer than 18 meters,
with the largest one to have been excavated
sitting at a modest 15 meters,
meaning Jurassic World’s reptile is grotesquely
inaccurate.
Anyway that’s enough science fiction, let’s
get back to the science fact.
What is the largest creature to have ever
swam in our oceans?, Fortunately, a discovery
in 2018 may have the answer.
Measuring in at nearly 26 meters, that’s
only just short of our largest blue whale,
it’s believed that this giant Ichthyosaur
may have been the largest aquatic reptile
ever!
However, with its dolphin-like shape, a long
pointy jaw and streamlined body, it’s estimated
weight falls far below that of the Whale,
meaning the Blue Whale still stands as the
largest animal to have ever swam in our planet’s
waters.
Let’s leave the wet stuff behind now and
head back to land,
where the competition to be crowned largest
living thing is starting to hot up.
What stands taller than the largest dinosaurs
and doesn’t suffer the effect of gravity
like other living, breathing organisms?
The trees…
As we travel to the coast of California, we’ll
find the Redwoods National Park,
and here you’ll see, Hyperion!
Even fantasy doesn’t top this living behemoth,
take a recent incarnation of Godzilla and
put it next to the Sequoia,
and it stands around 10% taller at a staggering
115.85 meters!
And if Godzilla’s not your thing then take
a look at how the Statue Of Liberty sizes
up!
Yet, height isn’t everything, we’re after
the largest and that doesn’t necessarily
mean the tallest, so for that we need to travel
down the coast to meet General Sherman,
a 2,100 year old Giant Sequoia. He may stand
at a humble 82.6 meters (271 ft) tall by comparison,
but has a whopping volume of 1,487 cubic meters
(52,513 cubic feet),
blowing old Bluey out of the water! Because
in fact you could squeeze around 7 blue whales
inside this tree.
When the General’s root system is taken
in to account it’s believed that this single
organism would weigh 1,814 tonnes (4,000,000
lb)!
And, as astounding as those stats are, there
was once a tree larger than the General
, measuring 1,727 cubic meters, but it was
sadly cut down in the 1940s.
However, even with these giants of the forest,
believe it or not we’ve still not found
the largest thing to have ever lived on our
planet…
To find what we’re looking for, we need
to travel to the Blue Mountains Of Eastern
Oregon,
and here you won’t find the largest living
organism towering over the forest,
swimming through the lakes or stomping around
the mountains.
Instead, we need to look below our feet. Under
the forest floor of the Malheur National Forest,
you’ll find something that you may not have
expected to come out on top in this video.
While we’ve been looking at all the relevant
Kingdoms of Life on planet earth,
there’s one we’re forgetting… Fungi
(Fun-gee), OR Fungi (Fun-guy) or Fungi (Fun-jei),
depending on where you’re from!
Here, on the ground, we find the Armillaria
ostoyae, or more commonly known as the Honey
Fungus.
All that we generally see is the fruiting
body, what we would consider a mushroom or
toadstool.
But this is often only 10% of a fungus, the
rest of the organism, the vegetative part,
is below the earth.
To make this concept more familiar, imagine
this as a fruit tree, and you’d see the
leaves,
branches and stems all below ground with only
the fruit appearing above.
This fungus however is no ally to trees. The
Honey Fungus is actually devouring the forest
from the ground up.
Now most people won’t think of fungi as
tree killers,
as they are in fact a cornerstone to the entire
ecosystem of a forest,
usually breaking down organic debris like
fallen leaves and transferring essential minerals
to the plants.
Here, however, the Armillaria ostoyae has
a much more parasitic purpose.
It attaches itself to the forest’s conifer
trees and begins to feed off of their roots,
killing the tree in the process.
Nicknamed the Humongous Fungus, the wealth
of trees in this area has enabled it to spread
far and wide,
and currently this fungi stretches across
2,200 acres or 8.9 square kilometers (3.4
square miles) below the soil!
To put what you are seeing here in to perspective,
that is the equivalent…
of around 1,700 NFL football fields, or 36,500
tennis courts.
Now, the discovery of the Humongous Fungus
sparked debate as to what constitutes a ‘single
living organism’.
But it can be succinctly summed up by Biology
Professor Tom Volk…
Which is exactly what the Honey Fungus is,
meaning this is indeed a single living organism,
just like the Giant Sequoia or the Blue Whale.
And it’s not just the extensive area it
covers that makes the Armillaria ostoyae so
huge,
it’s discoverer James B. Anderson from the
University of Toronto recently surveyed the
site, and now estimates
that if the entire fungus were dug up out
of the ground and weighed,
it would top the scales at 400 tonnes, more
than double the heft of a Blue Whale!
But, as with anything at this scale, it brings
with it some controversy.
There is another single organism spread over
a vast area that is touting for the same title
of Largest Living Organism.
Head down to Utah and you’ll find this huge
tree…
…nope back out a little… there. This,
is one, tree.
Known as the ‘Trembling Giant’ OR ‘Pando’
(Latin for “I, Spread.”)
this entire grove of 47,000 Quaking Aspen
trees has grown from a single root system.
You see, Aspens find most success in regenerating
‘vegetatively’,
meaning sprouting from roots (not from seedlings),
this results in what’s termed a ‘clone’.
Just like the Honey Fungus, this forest is
genetically identical and it behaves as one
organism.
With the changing seasons, the whole forest
changes color and sheds all its leaves in
unison.
And, most fascinatingly, as an old tree dies
in the clonal grove, signals are sent from
the tree out to the network of roots,
which then stimulate new growth for the next
generation to replace the old.
Now this colony may look substantially more
impressive than the humble honey Fungus,
but… we’re only looking at 106 acres.
Less than 5%, of the area covered by the Fungus.
So surely there’s no competition? Well,
the complications come when weight is included
in the criteria.
As we’ve learnt the Humongous Fungus weighs
in at 400 tonnes, where as it’s estimated
that Pando smashes through that record weighing
a colossal six… thousand tonnes!
In fact the ‘United States Department Of
Agriculture’ list the both Pando and the
Humongous Fungus as the ‘Largest Organism
On Earth’
So, surely the only way that this can be settled
is to confirm it with the great holders of
such titles,
over at the Guinness World Records.
Well no, the record for ‘Largest Living
Organism’ seems so controversial that even
Guiness haven’t yet declared it.
According to their records, Pando is confirmed
as the ‘Most Massive Plant’
while the Honey Fungus holds the record for
‘Largest Fungi’.
The most common criteria, however, that declares
anything as ‘Largest’ is specified under
‘Area Covered’.
And under this, the Humungus Honey Fungus
is the outright winner.
Even if you took into account the total estimated
volume of the two contenders
then the Armillaria Ostoyae decimates the
Quaking Aspen at more than double its size.
Pando is however, believed to hold the slightly
less grandiose record for
‘Largest Known Organism On Earth In Terms
Of Dry-Weight Mass’
as fungi are around 92% water. (Trees=50%
Water)
On the other hand, the Humongous Fungus has
increased in size with subsequent surveys,
where as, sad but true, Pando is dying.
It has substantially reduced over the past
70 years due to human interference.
And, it’s thought that within the next 10
to 20 years, up to 80% of the entire grove
could collapse.
Dr Paul Rogers, an Ecologist who recently
led a conservation effort to protect Pando,
has said…

What’s The Largest Thing To Ever Live On Earth? DEBUNKED
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100 thoughts on “What’s The Largest Thing To Ever Live On Earth? DEBUNKED

  • July 6, 2019 at 10:23 am
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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Your Mother

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    What about bloop?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    What about the megladon

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    "wales first appeared around 14 million years ago" So wales were actually the first british people? Take that Cheddar man!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    Sea reptiles aren't dinosaurs. Mosasaurus itself is closely related to monitor lizards and snakes. Ichthyosaurus belongs to a group of marine reptiles that have since gone extinct which branched off from the tree that led to dinosaurs and birds.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    So basically the biggest and fattestthings can be found in America, basically what is known in the rest of world.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    2:18 nice

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    "what is the largest dinosaur to have ever swam in our oceans?"

    Ichthyosaurs/Plesiosaurs/Pliosaurs and Mosasaurs are not dinosaurs, they were marine reptiles.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Why isn't the Leviathan from apex legends here?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    A fungus growing in Michigan.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    So the blue whale is the largest ANIMAL to have lived on earth. I'm not really interested in the plants and fungi so stopped watching after the first part.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Wait wat about the Megalon

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    naw, my mother-in-law still takes the cake.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    12:33 ORGANSIM ORGANSIM 😅😅

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    Dinosaurs didn't live in the oceans. Sorry don't mean to be picky.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    okay, okay…

    but i want to know the largest ANIMAL to ever exist.
    i don't want to hear about plants or mushrooms
    i came here for the largest animal to live.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    None of those aquatic reptiles were Dinosaurs. No Dinosaurs were marine.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    That fungus reminds me of Stanislaw Lem's (fictional) living ocean on the planet SOLARIS, except it doesn't give astronauts weird dreams…. or does it?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    What's The Largest Thing To Ever Live On Earth? it is "My Problem with Youtube's Recommendations and Ads" -_-

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    Are the largest animals found on earth or in the sea?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Thought this was Kurzgesagt

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    love it

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  • August 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    The Great Barrier Reef didn't get a mention.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    Godzilla is bigger than that he is 300 meters

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    And isn’t the earth a living thing?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Google.com

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    My ex… jk

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    There is a humongus fungus amongus.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    Large=size, not weight.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    You had to waste our time didn’t you?! 😂

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Fuck this video, fuck this channel, and fuck whoever thought the last 3 minutes of this video what a good idea!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    What about a banyan tree

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    Is this the same team fro kyrsgagurt?!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    As I thought they were going to measure trees and fungi as well…

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Godzilla is taller he’s 355 feet and godzilla 2019 is taller 393 feet

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:41 am
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    Rosie O'Donnell

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:52 am
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    Sorry but your green screen lighting is terrible.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    13 minutes and 43 seconds of “but wait, there’s more”

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    they forgot to mention my dick tho. wtf

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    Even considering only thing alive today the blue whale isn't the largest. Technically plants count, and so the giant sequoia tree would be the largest

    Edit: just got to that part lol

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    Is it just me who wants a straight up answer not in 2015 we found this and that out. They were talking about trees!!??!!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Ur mom

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    But it’s not an animal…

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:27 am
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    Um what about WATER? Water is an organism

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Jurrasic parks mosasaur isn't inaccurate. In the movie they said they created dinosaurs bigger than they should be for the public.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    Not debunked. The Blue Whale is the largest animal to ever live (that we know of).

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Wow a giant Fungilla

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    Why didn't your mum get mentioned?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    Have you considered the possibility of it being your mom?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    so you mean. if i live in an ocean i will be the biggest human. experiments on going

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    megalodon is the biggest because i like sharks

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    So many plot twists, just when you think ‘that’s the largest’… here comes another

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    Fluff and filler and maybes. Like most tv.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    0:53 A HUGE 27.6 METERS i wanted to make the joke your thinking about but i would probably get my account deleted

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    1:35 THEY ARE SAUROPODS

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    No one:

    10 year olds: uR mOm

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Tylosaur got up to 50 feet long. Dont know where you came up with the 30 figure.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    So this is Kurzgesagt 2?

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    You are so inaccurate and idiot…total bs your video…

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    4:20. Those are acquatic reptiles, not dinosaurs

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    So it is the blue whale. People were mostly thinking along the lines of giant animals. Not fungus.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    How about the biggest snake

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Yo mama is

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    Jurassic park/world dinosaurs are modified thats why some of em are big

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    Hold on what about prehistoric whales? Basilosaurus? That one sperm whale looking thing with razor sharp teeth? There’s so many more things you could have taken into consideration.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    this man really said a fantasy movie with "revived dinosaurs in an exploding amusement park" is inaccurate

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    Largest thing to live on erth-

    ur fat mum

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    I've always heard it as the world's largest animal, not largest living thing. Still an interesting video.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    So the most biggest thing on earth is a fungus ? That was disappointing.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    I thought that the coral reefs were the biggest "living thing".

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    A really big tree would be the largest living thing. M

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:10 pm
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    Yo mamma

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  • August 13, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    Pando holds the record for fattest fuck on the planet.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    Misleading and spreading misinformation, like the fact that DINOSAURS WERE NEVER FULLY AQUATIC AND A DINOSAUR IS NOT JUST "LARGE ANCIENT REPTILE"!!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    The Megalodon is large

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  • August 13, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    69 tons NICE

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    Fungi and Trees? Who cares.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    The fish which swallowed Jonah..

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    Yo mama is the largest thing to ever live on planet earth.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    What about the megalodon?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    2:02 quieres?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    1:12 why the low volume

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    Wow – and here I'd thought the biggest thing to ever live was my PENIS ! :-O

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  • August 14, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Your mother

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    2:16 nice

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    For anyone saying what about Megalodon or other giant prehistoric animals, The biggest ANIMAL to ever exist is the blue whale

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Its a question and a statement. Thats the point bud

    "*What*" is the largest living thing towards the concept of : Ever live on earth

    Easy

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    If whales and snakes gradually lost their limbs over time, why can't people consider the same reason for such as Saurophaganax, Allosaurus, or T-rex?

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    Kurzgesagt, you've changed.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    “Dinosaurs swam in our oceans” next on debunking myths and misconceptions…

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    Great video!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    the mushroom

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    Everyone knows the ender dragon is the biggest thing on earth

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  • August 14, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    4:06 Nothing in Jurassic world is natural we’ve always filled in the DNA gaps with then DNA of other animals and if their genetic code was pure many of them would look quite different but you didn’t ask for reality you asked for more teeth.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Ksi‘s forehead is the biggest

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