Friday, 6 November 2015

Enormous prehistoric Megalodon teeth wash up on North Carolina shore

OCTOBER 26, 2015
by Savanna Walker

Enormous prehistoric shark teeth have washed up on a North Carolina beach after a storm, and the biggest are million year old Megalodon teeth, which are as large as an adult’s hand. *Shudders*

Starting in October, teeth have been found from Surf City to North Topsail Beach due to stormy weather and high tides. Local beachgoer Denny Bland found one a Megalodon tooth that was almost six inches long—only an inch shorter than the largest ever found.

About these terrifying creatures
Megalodon went extinct about 2.6 million years ago and was the largest shark to ever live at a terrifying 60 feet long. (That’s about three times the size of a great white!) Megalodon continually evolved to grow bigger over its 14-million year existence, but scientists are unsure why this was the case.

"Perhaps something was going on with the productivity and climate that produced that pattern, or with their prey and their competitors that made the species become large," said study co-author Catalina Pimiento from the University of Florida and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. And while Megalodon’s colossal size may have led to its extinction, while it lived it was a ferocious predator with a jaw three times as strong as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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