Monday, July 13, 2009

Blast from the Past: Megalodon

A picture is worth a thousand words...or teeth! Anyone would be afraid to face this predator. It does outmatch the great white shark a million to one too. This fine species can be found at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.

According to Fossil Facts and Finds:
Carcharodon Megalodon was a giant shark that lived during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs of the Cenozoic Era, between 2 million and 16 million years ago. Little is known for sure about these giant predators because all that remains of their existence are fossilized teeth. But what teeth they are! These giant shark teeth range in size from 3 inches long to 7 inches long. They are massive things that can be bigger than a man’s hand. It sets the imagination reeling. To put this in perspective a large great white shark measures about 20 feet long and weighs a little over 2 tons. A tooth from a shark like this is about 1.5 inches long.

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