Prehistoric Extinct Sharks
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The Megalodon Shark is the most Popular
shark due to its estimated massive size.
Megalodon meaning BIG TOOTH is an extinct species of
shark that lived 1.5 Million years ago during the Cenozoic Era.
Known as either the Carcharodon Megalodon under the Lamnidae Family or
Carcharocles Megalodon under the Otodontidae family
to this day is still under dispute therefore is known as C. Megalodon
The Megalodon is one of the largest and
most powerful predators in
vertebrate history. Fossil teeth of the Megalodon Suggest that this
massive shark reached lengths of 50 - 70 feet with some suggesting even
larger then that.
Scientists have said that the Megalodon looked like a Stockier version
of today's Great white shark ( Carcharodon Carcharias )
The Megalodon is represented in the
fossil record primarily by teeth. As with all sharks the Megalodon
skeleton was formed of cartilage ( not bone ).
The teeth are what scientists use to gather information on the shark.
The teeth themselves are triangular in shape , large with fine
serrations. Shark teeth have been found at over 7 inches in slanted
height ... the largest shark tooth of any of today's sharks is the great
white sharks who's teeth Max's out at 2 and a half inches.
Megalodon teeth have been excavated from many places in the world
including Europe , North America , South America , Japan , India ,
Africa , Puerto Rico , Jamaica , New Zealand , Australia , Grenadines