Just How large was the Meg

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An artist's impression of Megalodon, a giant prehistoric species of shark that went extinct about 2.6 million years ago
An artist’s impression of Megalodon, a giant prehistoric species of shark that went extinct about 2.6 million years ago

If you’re afraid of sharks, be thankful you didn’t live 20 million years ago when the seas were patrolled by the Megalodon. This monstrous prehistoric shark was more than twice the size of a great white, and now a new detailed analysis has found just how big it really was.

The Megalodon went extinct around three million years ago, and nowadays almost all we have to show for it is, ominously, a pile of gigantic teeth. That’s because it, like modern sharks, would have had a skeleton mostly made of cartilage, which doesn’t fossilize well.

That lack of records means it’s hard to measure just how massive the Megalodon was. Past studies have extrapolated its size based on the proportions of its teeth, using the great white shark as a guide. From this, it was estimated to be between 15 and 18 m (49 and 59 ft) long.

A reconstruction of the Megalodon, based on new data of its size and proportions

A reconstruction of the Megalodon, based on new data of its size and proportions
Oliver E. Demuth

The problem is, the great white shark isn’t the closest living relative of the Megalodon. So for the new study, scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Swansea compared it to five living relatives – the great white, the shortfin and longfin mako sharks, the porbeagle and the salmon shark.

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