Great white sharks are some of the most intimidating predators of the planet due to their size and sheer force. While it is deemed to be an apex predator, the species wouldn’t have had a chance against megalodon sharks.
A team of experts from two British universities wanted to learn more about the megalodon shark, which has been the subject of much interest among some scientists. With the help of a complex algorithm, the team determined that the creature was quite large.
As big as a bus
The dorsal fin could have reached more than 1.6 meters (or 5 feet), while the length of the creature is quite impressive, measuring up to 16 meters (or 52 feet), which means that it was larger than a city bus. Megalodon sharks lived between 23 million years to 3 million years ago, leaving behind massive fossil teeth.
Previous research related to the size of megalodons compared them with the size of great white sharks, which can reach a length of 6 meters (or 20 feet). Megalodon sharks are a relative of other macropredator sharks, including the great white sharks, salmon sharks, and makos. Data from six different shark species was used to determine the size of megalodon sharks.
Calculating the size
During the study, the researchers analyzed the way in which modern sharks grow and mature and applied the curve data to megalodon sharks, learning more about their potential size and other traits.
It is hoped that the new data could also offer an answer to the enigma behind the extinction of megalodon sharks. Some have argued that they were killed by a combination between cooler ocean waters and increased competition over prey, but the exact causes have remained a mystery for now.
The results of the research and more information can be found in a paper that was published in a scientific journal.