The study estimates the body length of extinct forms using measurements from todays lamniforms, a group of sharks to which the megatoothed shark belongs, and by evaluating their teeth to prove shark length. The study also showed that the size of the megaodon shark looks like an accidental accident in the creation process, because it is twice the limit value of the smaller lamniforms species.
Since the age of the dinosaurs, sharks have represented the major predators in the ocean, so its reasonable to assert that they must have played an important role in shaping the marine ecosystem as we know it today, Kenzo Shimada, a paleontologist at the University of Chicagos DePaul and the lead author of the study, said in a press release.
This is convincing evidence that megalobodon sharks are really special in size, said co-author Michael Griffith and Martin Becker, Professor of environmental science at William Patterson University. This work represents a critical progress in our understanding of the evolution of this marine behemoth..
But while the size may sound scary, and the idea of a giant toothed shark wandering the ocean may shake some diving enthusiasts fins, rest assured that outside Hollywood, you dont have to be afraid of this extinct predator.
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