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The Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) was the world's largest shark that died out about 1.5 million years ago during the Early Miocene to the late Pilocene. At around 50-100 feet long, it dwarfed modern Great Whites. Megalodon was the largest shark ever known, and ruled the ancient ocean. The Megalodon was strong enough to eat Whales and other marine animals.

At around 1.5 million years ago the Megalodon became extinct. Despite its supposed extinction there have been several encounters with monster sharks. Some scientists think that the Megalodon could be living at the very bottom of the ocean living on whales which dive so far down.

In 1918, fishermen reported seeing a 70-foot long shark. In the sea of Cortez large massive sharks are reported to live there. In 2008 in the sea of Cortez a man on his boat crashed into a giant shark which stopped his boat instantly, the giant sharks of Cortez match the description of the Megalodon which proves that these ancient sharks may still be alive.

Etymology

The specific name Megalodon, translating to "big tooth", is derived from the Ancient Greek term megas, which translates to "big" and "mighty". In 1843, the Megalodon shark was given its initial binomial name, Carcharodon megalodon, by Swiss-American biologist Louis Agassiz, in his work Recherches sur les poissons fossiles, based on tooth remains.

Paleobiology

Habitat

Fossils of the Megalodon have been found in many parts of the world: Africa, Asia, South America, North America, Oceania, and Europe. Megalodon's fossil have been found in 15 European countries, 8 North American countries, 7 South American countries, 6 African countries, 4 Oceanian countries and 3 Asian countries.

Fossils of Megalodon have mostly been found in Japan, Australia, the U.S. state of California, Venezuela, Mexico and Austria.

Fossil locations

Africa

  • Angola
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa

Asia

  • India
  • Japan
  • Myanmar

Europe

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey

North America

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Cuba
  • Grenada
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • United States (including Puerto Rico)

Oceania

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • New Zealand

South America

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Filmography

  • The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island (1997)
  • Shark Hunter (2001)
  • Shark Attack 3 (2002)
  • Megalodon (2002)
  • Shark Attack in the Mediterranean (2004)
  • Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus (2009)
  • Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus (2010)
  • Super Shark (2011)
  • Jurassic Shark (2012)
  • Mega Shark Versus Mecha Shark (2014)
  • Mega Shark Versus Kolossus (2015)

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