Did Great White Sharks Wipe Out the Giant Megalodon?

Why did the mega-shark megalodon pass away out? It might have been its extremely active metabolic process, brand-new research study recommends.

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The excellent white shark ( Carcharodon carcharias) might have erased the huge megalodon ( Otodus megalodon)

Countless years prior to humans emerged, a kind of shark that grew as much as 60 feet(18 meters) long lurked the oceans. Based upon the fossil record, researchers think that O. megalodon passed away off about 2.6 million years earlier, around the time a great deal of other marine types went extinct. (Scientist even just recently recommended that the mass die-off might have been the outcome of a neighboring supernova) [These Bizarre Sea Monsters Once Ruled the Ocean]

However researchers might have overlooked megalodon’s time of death by about 1 million years.

For a paper released today (Feb. 13) in the journal PeerJ, scientists re-examined the fossil record of megalodons in California and Baja California, Mexico, where lots of examples of the big fish have actually been discovered.

There’s clear proof that up till about 3.6 million years earlier, megalodons lived in the ocean. However after that, things get dodgy. Fossils dated to in between 2.6 million and 3.6 million years ago tended to have problems. A number of the fossils appeared to have actually moved within the surrounding rock in manner ins which make complex the dating techniques researchers utilize.

However if megalodons passed away out 3.6 million years earlier, they weren’t part of that mass marine termination. So, what eliminated them?

The scientists in the brand-new research study recommended that the big sharks were outcompeted by a smaller sized, savvier predator.

Fantastic whites gotten here in the oceans about 4 million years earlier, simply 400,000 years prior to megalodon’s modified death date.

” We propose that this brief overlap (3.6 to 4 million years ago) sufficed time for excellent white sharks to spread out worldwide and outcompete O. megalodon throughout its variety, driving it to termination,” College of Charleston paleontologist Robert Boessenecker, an author of the research study, stated in a declaration

Boessenecker likewise recommended that the entire concept of an unexpected marine die-off 2.6 million years earlier might be an artifact of spaces in the fossil record, instead of the outcome of some “catastrophe” like a supernova.

When it comes to the excellent whites, if they understand what eliminated the huge megalodon, they aren’t informing.

Initially released on Live Science