1) The Megalodon name is derived from the Greek terms (mega, “Big”) and (Odon, “tooth”), is an extinct species of shark that lived during the Cenozoic (beginnings of the Miocene until the end of the Pliocene).
2) The taxonomic allocation of C. Megalodon has been debated for about a century and is still in dispute, with two main interpretations: as Carcharodon Megalodon (in the Lamnidae family) or as Carcharocles Megalodon (in the Otodontidae family).
3) It is considered to be one of the largest and most powerful predators in the history of vertebrates.
4) Studies suggest that it looks like a stout version of the current great white shark, reaching 18 meters maximum total length.
5) The fossil remains indicate that this giant shark had a cosmopolitan distribution, with breeding areas in warm coastal regions.
6) It probably had a significant influence on the structure of the marine communities of its time.
7) The expert consensus has pointed out that factors such as the cooling of the oceans and the decline in food sources during the Plio-Pleistocene were a significant factor in the fall of the species.
8) A study published in 2016 of the distribution and the environment of the MEG through the time of its existence indicated that the biotic factors, that is to say, the competition with new predators combined with the reduction of the number of its preys, were the causes of its extinction.
9) Since the remains of C. Megalodon were discovered, they have been an object of fascination.
10) It has been portrayed in several fictional works, including films and novels, and continues to maintain his place among the most famous fictional themes involving sea monsters.
11) Many of these fictional narratives postulate that at least one population of C. Megalodon survived extinction and lurks in the vast depths of the ocean and that some individuals managed to reach the surface from the depths.By Spotty11222 at English Wikipedia - Transferred from to Commons by FunkMonk using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, Link