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The Megalodon

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The teeth of the Megalodon were over half a foot long,(7in) by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White Shark are only about three inches long. The only other creature that could measure up to the massive chompers on the Megalodon is the Tyrannosaurus Rex and saber-toothed cats.
Sheer power
In 2008, a joint research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to calculate Megalodon's biting power. The results can only be described as terrifying: whereas a modern Great White Shark chomps with about 1.8 tons of force (and a lion with a wimpy 600 pounds or so), Megalodon chowed down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons--enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape.
Classifications
Carcharodon megalodon was named by Agassiz in 1843. There is some debate as to whether megalodon was an ancestor of the Great White Shark or was an evolutionary dead end. It lived from roughly 25 to 1.6 million years ago, during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs.
Diet of a Champ
Megalodon had a diet more befitting an apex predator, feasting on the prehistoric whales, dolphins, squids, fish, and even giant turtles (whose shells, as tough as they were, couldn't hold up against 10 tons of biting force).
The Megalodon
Size
The Megalodon was the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived; it was also the largest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet, outweighing modern Great White Sharks. Megalodon was calculated to be about 40 feet (12 m) long or even more. its jaws could open 6 feet (1.8 m) wide and 7 feet (2.1 m) high.
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