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10 of the biggest animals to roam the planet (Hate to say it, giant sea scorpion, but kind of glad you're gone)

10 of the biggest animals to roam the planet (Hate to say it, giant sea scorpion, but kind of glad you're gone)

Humans think of themselves as the most important creatures ever to walk the planet. But when it comes to size, humans are mere peanuts next to ballpark-sized animals. Here's a snapshot — you never know what a paleontologist will dig up — of some of the biggest animals that have walked our planet, present and past. Pictured here is the megalodon, also known as Carcharocles megalodon. This creature was a 52-foot shark with jaws big enough to swallow a rhinoceros. It lived about 25 to 1.5 million years ago. Some believers think it may still lurk in our deepest oceans today, though there is no proof of this. (Text: Katherine Butler )

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