Span of sizes (volumes) of all organisms and maximum sized organisms ever to have existed

Range >16 maximum sized organisms: >22 all living organisms Orders of magnitude
Organism Biosphere
Reference Payne JL et al., Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jan 6 106(1):24-7 p.25 right column top paragraphPubMed ID19106296
Primary Source Schulz HN, Jorgensen BB. Big bacteria. Annu Rev Microbiol. 2001 55: 105-37.PubMed ID11544351
Method Researchers document the evolutionary history of body size on Earth, focusing on the upper limit to size.
Comments Species in the maximum size dataset span >16 orders of magnitude, and the sizes of all living organisms span >22 orders of magnitude (primary source).
Entered by Uri M
ID 107060