What is the tallest animal that’s ever existed?

First off, though, what’s the tallest animal alive today? 

On that count, nothing comes close to giraffes. Giraffes are blessed with proportions every bit as tall and skinny as that one groovy dude in your junior high who was already 6’2″, albeit, with much longer necks. According to Live Science, male giraffes grow up to 18 feet, while females shoot for 14. A newborn giraffe pops out of the womb at a starting height of six feet (!), and they can grow up to an inch a day. Much of a giraffe’s height comes from its crazy neck, of course, but fascinatingly enough, a 2015 study points out that, long ago, giraffes used to have much smaller necks. Weird. The second tallest animals alive today are elephants, according to Business Insider, which can grow to 13 feet tall. 

That said, how do these modern day goliaths stack up next to their prehistoric competition?

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