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Megalodon

Learn more about the ancestor of the Great White shark.

jaws of a megadolon shark on display

Photo: Gunnar Ries

Paleontologists have discovered fossilized teeth, and used them to reconstruct what the jaw size must have been.

Have you heard of the Charcharodon Megalodon?

It’s a mouthful.  Pronounced Kar-KAR-ah-DON MEG-ah-la-don, you better hope you don’t meet one, or you might be it’s mouthful!

The Megaladon was the largest shark to ever roam the oceans, thought to be the ancestor of the modern day great white. The Megaladon grew to be over 50 feet long, and unlike modern whale sharks, it was very much a meat eater.

However, if the Megaladon no longer exists, how do we know any of this?

Paleontologists have discovered fossilized teeth, and used them to reconstruct what the jaw size must have been. The teeth are bigger than your hand, and several grown men can stand inside Megaladon jaws!

Almost all ichthyologists, or people who study fish, agree that Megaladon is a long-extinct species.

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    Megalodons were said to have existed between the pre-historic periods of
    Oligocene and Pleistocene approximately 25 million years ago. It is
    said to be a bigger and stockier version of the great white shark but
    more predatory suggesting that the Megalodons were preying on big marine
    mammals. Weighing an approximate 48 tons the Megalodon could be
    compared to the weight of 7 large African elephants combined.  Megalodons were the biggest known predatory
    fish to have ever lived in salt water.

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