Carcharocles – the biggest shark of all

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Fossil tooth of Carcharocles megalodon.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Tertiary

HOW BIG IT WAS

Carcharocles relative size depiction as described below
This tooth is about 13 cm high. C. megalodon had an estimated length of over 15 m long.

Picture a shark’s mouth so large you could walk inside it. This fossil tooth is from an extinct shark called Carcharocles megalodon, sometimes simply called Megalodon or ‘Meg’.

These sharks were apex predators in the oceans, and were the largest sharks known. Fossilised teeth like these have been found in locations around the world, suggesting that Megalodon was widespread. This fossil is from a site near the Victorian town of Hamilton.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Carcharocles megalodon map

This fossil of Carcharocles megalodon was discovered in Victoria.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Tertiary

Anglesea floraNeohelosKambaraJanjucetusHaddon nutsBrown coalQuipollornis

Related Resources

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