1 On a recent visit to New York’s Museum of Natural History I learned that some or all of the hugest dinosaurs lived some of their lives in water. This was necessary because the buoyancy of water was required for their great weight. (As for the blue whale).
Was this true of all of the largest dinosaurs?
If so, Is the elephant the largest animal that (ever) lived entirely on land?
- According to a number of sources, the largest living organism (ever) is a mushroom fungus in the American northwest.
No doubt this is correct using the definition of largest organism used: “It’s one set of genetically identical cells that are in communication with one another that have a sort of common purpose or at least can coordinate themselves to do something,”.
However: Am I correct in thinking that, if you cut this mushroom in half (or cut off a piece of it) and replanted it, another mushroom would grow? If so, and you added to the definition of largest organism the preclusion of this characteristic (as I would), then the mushroom would not be the largest organism. (If you cut a dinosaur or a blue whale in half, you would not get another dinosaur or blue whale.)
- By my definition, would a sequoia be like the mushroom/blue whale?