Once a children’s book, now an academic paper on PeerJ.

The children’s book,
GIANTS of Land, Sea & Air – Past & Present (Fig. 1 PDF) came out in 1986 and featured all of the largest animals to scale on dozens of pages alongside humans for scale.

Figure 1. The cover of Giants, the book that launched my adult interest in dinosaurs, pterosaurs and everything inbetween.

Figure 1. The cover of Giants, the book that launched my adult interest in dinosaurs, pterosaurs and everything inbetween.

The PeerJ online academic paper
(McClain et al. 2015) featured many of the same sea creatures and many more (Fig. 2) to scale with a human swimming alongside. Lacking are any of the terrestrial, aerial and prehistoric creatures you’ll find in GIANTS.

Figure 2. Poster turned on end illustrating the largest creatures in the sea to scale from McClain et al. 2015,

Figure 2. Poster turned on end illustrating the largest creatures in the sea to scale from McClain et al. 2015,

Sorry I didn’t see this online paper when it first came out a few years ago. 
It just came to my attention today. I suppose the inspiration was by convergence, but 1986 was long enough ago that a 10-year-old reader then would have been close to forty in 2015.

PS.
I just got a thumb’s down from the PeerJ voters for wondering if any of the authors were aware of the earlier children’s book. First bad review I’ve had! Or was I not supposed to mention it at PeerJ?

References
McClain et al. (15 co-authors) 2015. Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna. PeerJ 3:e715; DOI 10.7717/peerj.715

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