The mega-shark three times bigger than Jaws


Blackleaf
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IT was the mega-shark three times the size of a great white, with each of its 270 teeth as big as a hand.

Now, 2.5million years after its extinction, the mighty megalodon is being brought back to life on film.

The Meg, starring Brit action man Jason Statham, has been described as “Jaws on steroids” ahead of its release on Thursday — and with good reason...


JURASSIC SHARK REAL ancient mega-shark the megalodon that was three times bigger than Jaws with teeth as ‘big as a hand’ is brought back to life in action film The Meg

This film has been described as 'Jaws on steroids' and stars Brit action man Jason Statham

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By Kate Jackson
9th August 2018, 2:53 am

IT was the mega-shark three times the size of a great white, with each of its 270 teeth as big as a hand.


Now, 2.5million years after its extinction, the mighty megalodon is being brought back to life on film.




The mighty megalodon is being brought back to life in a new film

The Meg, starring Brit action man Jason Statham, has been described as “Jaws on steroids” ahead of its release on Thursday — and with good reason.


Megalodons were among the most feared ocean predators, with a bite more powerful than a T-rex’s.

They were able to track prey in total darkness by picking up the faintest of electrical signals and, as they attacked, could open their jaw as wide as 10ft.


Some grew up to 59ft — Hollywood’s version is 75ft — and were the biggest fish to roam the seas, including UK waters.




Brit action man Jason Statham stars in the film called The Meg



The Meg has been described at 'Jaws on steroids'




Quick facts about megalodon


Last month a three-million-year-old megalodon tooth fossil was found in Essex.


It is no surprise the megalodon — or “large tooth” — is the subject of Hollywood’s latest deep-sea horror.


Emma Bernard, curator of paleobiology at the Natural History Museum in London, said: “I think the fascination with megalodon comes from the size of its teeth.


“If you scale it up to think about the size of the shark — about 49ft on average — I think that really captures peoples’ imagination and the fact they were swimming in the ocean relatively recently.”


This is the size of the mega-shark's tooth compared to the size of an adult hand



The estimated size of megalodon's mouth fully open




A size comparison for the mega-shark


While dinosaurs died out around 66million years ago, the megalodon’s presence overlapped slightly with early man, Australopithecus.


Most of our knowledge about the megalodon comes from its enormous teeth, which were covered in enamel and easily fossilised.


Backbones have been found, too, in Japan, North America and Europe — one with 150 vertebrae was unearthed in Belgium in the 1860s. But because a shark’s skeleton is mostly cartilage, which does not fossilise easily, these are very rare.


Luckily, there were plenty of teeth to discover.




Megalodon was one the most feared ocean's predators




Many believe this startling image proves the megalodon survived extinction



Emma said: “Sharks are constantly replacing their teeth.



They can have between 20,000 and 40,000 in a lifetime. They didn’t have to worry about going to the dentist.


“With that number of teeth you’re more likely to get some preserved compared to one body skeleton.”


With their incredible senses, megalodons hunted whales and dolphins, attacking either their vital organs and letting them bleed out, or disabling them first by biting into a fin or tail.


In the film — in which Jason plays a former US navy diver — a group of scientists discover the extinct shark is not so extinct after all and must stop it in its terrifying tracks.


Some conspiracy theorists believe the megalodon may still be out there — Emma is not convinced.


She said it is likely that global cooling, which occurred between 3million and 2.5million years ago, caused the extinction of the creature, which lived in warmer waters.


The formation of the ice caps and the loss of its breeding areas in shallow waters also contributed, as did the increased competition for food from sharks more adapted to cooler waters.



The massive killer was three times longer and 60 times heavier than the largest ever recorded great white shark




This image reportedly captured on Google Earth has set tongues wagging


Emma said: “As much as I’d like to see a real megalodon — from afar — it’s definitely extinct.


“There’s no evidence or any teeth from after 2.5million years ago.


“We would have definitely noticed some- thing as big as the megalodon in the oceans, and we would have seen predation marks on other ocean animals.”


https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/697399...jason-statham/
 
Jinentonix
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Shut up, Meg.
 
spaminator
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so are there anymore dinosauruses out there?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminator View Post

so are there anymore dinosauruses out there?

Birds.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bsLk0NPRFAc
 
Walter
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMxZxI7-SQ
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rTMxZxI7-SQ

Jaws is a stickleback compared to the Meg.