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|Culture & Science - Science|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:14|
The megalodon, also known as MEGALODONTE, is a species of extinct sharks , according to estimates, inhabited the earth during the Cenozoic period in the late Oligocene, early Pleistocene. The name derives from Greek and means "big tooth" literally.
The taxonomic classification level of this organization is still in the focus of debate. On the one hand we will find it as Carcharodon megalodon, as part of the family Lamnidae, and by another as Carcharocles megalodon, as part of the family Orodontidae.
The megalodon is one of the largest and most powerful predators in the evolutionary history of organisms vertebrates . Several studies suggest that the megalodon shark would look current target, but in a slightly larger size. Diverse fossil findings suggest that the shark was breeding areas in warm areas near the coast.
When thinking of an analog, the white shark is one of the current species most like it, although the lack of well-preserved fossil has forced paleontologists in charge of rebuilding the body to refer to the morphology of the white shark so obtain approximate reconstructions and sizes, which largely explains the insistent comparisons made between these two vertebrates.
Almost unanimously recognized by the scientific community that the megalodon would have been bigger than the whale shark, but these estimates were made based on the limited amount of fossil fuels and their low condition.
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