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Is the megalodon still alive?

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The megalodon is no longer alive today; its closest living relative is the great white shark. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the species has been extinct for at least 2 million years.

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At an estimated 60 feet in length and weighting 77 tons, the megalodon is believed to be the largest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet. Scientists believe the species used their 7-inch-long teeth to consume 2,500 pounds of food every day. The megalodon's biting power has been calculated at 10.8 to 18.2 tons, according to About.com, which is the most forceful bite of any animal that has ever lived on Earth. While it is not known exactly why the megalodon went extinct, global weather changes are believed to be responsible.

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