Researcher and writer Craig McClain explores the constantly increasing size of Godzilla according to Cope’s rule in a recent article at Deep Sea News. McClain’s article, which is at least partially in response to a similar one from earlier this year at Wired, concludes that Godzilla should be 288.4 meters tall in 2050 rather than the 170 meters suggested previously.
In 1954 Godzilla was a mere 50 meters (164 ft). In the newest movie, Godzilla is estimated to be 150 meters (492 ft). For comparison the Empire State Building in New York City stands at 381 meters (1250 ft). Incarnations of Godzilla went from 13% of the height of the Empire State Building to nearly 40% of the height in just 60 years. It took cetaceans 55 million years to go from 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) to 30 meters (98 ft) in length.
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