Most kids like to learn about "monsters" and dinosaurs and other huge creatures. Learning about those things can be really fascinating for kids. They can obsess and focus on the animals that they really like. Some kids like to learn about sharks and are enamored with the biggest of sharks, the megalodon. If you want to keep up with your child, you will want to learn a few facts so that you can dazzle your child with your knowledge.
Largest Marine Predator
Not only is the megalodon the largest shark that has ever lived, it was the largest marine predator in the entire history of the earth. That means that it was bigger than the ancient marine dinosaurs. Megalodon was big enough that it ate whales for dinner. Megalodon could grow to be as much as 60 feet long and weigh as much as 60 tons.
Lack of Fossils
It's hard to find fossils for the megalodon. That's because sharks don't have bones. Their skeletons are made of cartilage, which isn't a hard material so it doesn't leave a fossil. The only proof that scientists have been able to find for megalodon is their teeth since they are a hard substance. And those teeth are what gives megalodon its name of giant tooth. They can be as much as 7 inches long. That's longer than teeth on almost any other animal.
Megalodon sharks were part of the Cenozoic Era. That means that they lived about 1.5-2.6 million years ago. No one knows exactly why the megalodon went extinct, but the leading theory is that it was because of climate change.
Great White Shark
While megalodon, Carcharodon megalodon, is extinct, its nearest cousin is not. Its nearest cousin is Carcharodon carcharias, or the great white shark. The great white shark may be one of the largest modern sharks, smaller only than the whale shark, but a great white placed by the megalodon would be dwarfed and would likely be lunch. There are some scientists who don't think that megalodon is part of the Carcharodon family, but is part of the Carcharocles family. If it is, then the great white and the megalodon evolved on different paths but got to the same place.
Knowing a few megalodon facts can help you stay ahead of your child who loves to learn about sharks and the megalodon shark. Your child will be surprised that you know these things. You can also check out megalodon shark books to learn more.