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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Megalodon

     
For this week we are writing about something on kiwi kids news but I is going to write about the Megalodon. A Megalodon is a the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived it was the largest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet, both modern Great White Sharks and ancient reptiles like Liopleurodon and Kronosaurus. Here are are some facts you may or may not have known about the megalodon

Megalodon didn't earn its name giant tooth for nothing. The teeth of this prehistoric shark were over half a foot long and heart shaped by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White Shark are only about three inches long. You have to go back 65 million years to none other than Tyrannosaurus Rex to find a creature with consistently bigger choppers, though the canines of some saber-toothed cats also measured up.

In 2008 a joint research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to calculate Megalodon biting power. The results can only be described as terrifying whereas a modern Great White Shark chomps with about 1.8 tons of force and a lion with a wimpy 600 pounds or so Megalodon chowed down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape.




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