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Megalodon, terror of the oceans
"Carcharodon megalodon is the ancestor of the great white shark, and the most fearsome predator that ever lived on land or sea."
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Prehistoric Megalodon was the largest predator that ever lived, dwarfing its modern relative, the great white shark. If you could place a fully grown Megalodon upright on its nose, it would be as tall as what?
a California redwood tree
the Statue of Liberty
the Eiffel tower
a six-story building
What does "Megalodon" mean?
Megalodon's main prey was Odobenocetops, which was what sort of creature?
a bizarre form of amphibious sloth
a prehistoric seal
a giant squid
Megalodon had to eat at least 2 percent of its 20 ton body weight, or half a ton, daily to maintain its existence. This is proportionately a bit less than a human being eats. Why do humans eat more than sharks?
because human brains need more energy
nobody knows for sure
because water buoys fish up so they need less energy than humans to move
to keep their bodies warm
What creatures were Megalodon's predators?
rogue megalodons that turned cannibal, usually older males
smaller sharks attacked them in packs
they had no predators
the giant razor-tentacled octopus
Megalodon appeared in prehistoric oceans during the Oligocene Period and ruled the oceans for 20 million years. It became extinct 2 million years ago, due to what phenomenon?
volcanic eruptions in the ocean floor
cooling of the oceans
a virus that attacked its immune system
a huge meteorite
Only fossilised Megalodon jaws and teeth have been found - never any Megalodon skeletons. Why not?
2 million years or more in sea water will erode the hardest bones
marine archaelogists can't work at those depths
the bones crumble away at the first contact with air
megalodon had no bones
Marine "treasure hunters" are always eager to find fossilised Megalodon teeth, as there is a ready market for them. Who are the eager purchasers?
museums and private collectors
manufacturers of alternative medicines
the adherents of certain religious cults
What colour are fossilised Megalodon teeth?
they can be any colour at all
How were megalodon's teeth arranged?
six huge pointed ones in front and dozens of serrated ones in a staggered pattern on the sides
hundreds were spread over 3 to 5 rows
two rows of forty serrated teeth, augmented by four sharp canines
up to fifty pointed and eighty serrated teeth, top and bottom
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