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Re: Biggest Predator (off topic)
I just wanted to mention that the corect genus for the Megalodon shark is
carcharocles, not carcharodon. There is a persistent notion that the
Megalodon is a direct ancestor of the carcharias carcharodon (great
white). In fact these sharks are more like distant cousins and were even
contemporaries for a while. The size of the Meg is also often misquoted.
Current estimates are approximately 6 feet of body length for every inch
of tooth. I believe the largest tooth on record is seven inches long and
would have come from a 42 foot shark. Most Meg teeth are between 5 and 6
We now return to your regularly scheduled *dinosaur* discussions.