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Megalodon Myth: The Megalodon And Great White Shark Are Closely Related

Carcharodon hubbelli
Well preserved fossil of Carcharodon hubbelli which is thought to represent a transitional species between the Broad-Toothed Mako and Great White Shark.

The Great White Shark being a descendant of or closely related to the Megalodon might be the most commonly repeated misconception about the prehistoric shark. Even more so than that the Megalodon may still be alive (thanks Discover Channel). While it was once believed to be true many decades ago, this view is currently not held among scientists based on the fossil evidence. When the Megalodon was first scientifically described back in...

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Megalodon Tooth Stuck in Whale Vertebrae. Is It Real?

The following photo has been making the rounds on the Internet, purportedly showing a fossil Megalodon tooth still embedded in a whale vertebra. Sure, it’s pretty “badass” as the caption claims, but is it real? Megalodon teeth are relatively common fossils in some areas of the world. This extinct, mega shark, had a huge mouthful of teeth, and like modern-day sharks it lost it’s teeth frequently due to feeding damage....

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No, That Is Not A Megalodon (Basking Shark Edition)

No, that is not a Megalodon.
No, that is not a Megalodon.

This image has started circulating the the Internet again as purported “proof” the Megalodon shark is still alive. No, that is not a shark that’s been extinct for 2.6 million years circling a helpless swimmer as it they were a bite-sized hors d’oeuvre. It’s a basking shark, the second largest living shark behind the whale shark. Like the whale shark it is a filter feeder and completely harmless to humans,...

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Megalodon Shark Nursery Found in Panama

Juvenile and adult Megalodon tooth
University of Florida vertebrate paleontology graduate student Dana Ehret holds a juvenile and adult Megalodon tooth up for comparison.

Researchers from the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a 10 million year old Megalodon nursery area located in Panama.  In a paper published in the research journal PLoS ONE they present the analysis of over 400 fossil Megalodon teeth collected from the shallow, marine Gatun Formation.  These fossil Megalodon teeth in this collection are all surprisingly small, representing very young juveniles of the species. Analysis of the Megalodon teeth determined the...

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