Megalodon is an extinct species of giant shark that lived from approximately 15 million years ago to 2 million years ago. It is believed to have resembled a stockier version of today's great white shark.
The megalodon shark grew to be between 45 and 60 feet long and scientists believe it was the largest prehistoric shark to have ever lived. The name "megalodon" means "big tooth" and its teeth grew to be around 7 inches long.
Megalodon sharks were capable of reaching sizes up to 60 feet long. Some scientists believed the sharks could grow to 70 feet long, although most Megalodons were 40 to 50 feet long. Scientists believe that Megalodons often fed on whales to support their diet.
Megalodon sharks no longer exist. There is no evidence to suggest that these enormous sharks still roam the oceans. Scientists have derived a large amount of information about the characteristics and behaviors of megalodons through fossil records.
The most noticeable difference between the extinct Megalodon and its modern-day counterpart, the Great White Shark, is that the Megalodon was much larger. Scientists attempt to discern more subtle differences between the two species from evidence found in fossilized teeth of the Megalodon.
The Megalodon was the biggest shark ever to prowl the world's oceans, with some estimates putting the size of the ancient predator at more than 50 feet long. Some scientists believe that the largest of this particular ancient shark could have been longer than 60 feet.
Megalodon lived 2.6 to 16 million years ago in warm oceans during the Miocene and Pliocene eras, and people have found Megalodon bones on every continent except Antarctica. These ancient animals evolved from Carcharocles Subauriculatus and reached 60 feet in length and 65 tons in weight at maturity.
The megalodon lived during the Miocene era and lived throughout the entire ocean. It is believed that one of the reasons that the megalodon may have become extinct is because the Central American Seaway closed when new land formed, making the once warm and connected oceans colder and disconnected.
Scientists believe that megalodon ate a variety of large fish and whales. It is estimated that it ate around 2,500 pounds of food each day to fuel its 77-ton, 60-foot-long body.
The megalodon was a prehistoric shark species that went extinct at least 1.5 million years ago; the reasons the giant predators disappeared remain a mystery. Megalodons were not only the largest sharks to have ever lived, they were also the largest marine predator to ever swim the world’s oceans. Wh