Giant Great White Shark
Its species name, megalodon means “big tooth.” Three guesses what this predator used for hunting.

Carcharodon megalodon was a bigger, toothier relative of modern great white sharks. Sharks have been top predators since the Paleozoic Era, but really flourished after big marine reptiles went extinct 65 million years ago. Megalodon was three times the size of great white sharks.

Peak Period: Miocene (23-5 million years ago)
Maximum Size: 15.8 meters (52 feet)
Predator Advantage: Big, sharp teeth, size
Prey: Sharks, fishes, squids.


  • Title: Giant Great White Shark Mouth
  • Type: Fossil
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): PAL537883
  • Scientific Name: <i>Carcharodon megalodon</i>
  • Photo Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Paleobiology

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