Chondrichthyes (Cartilaginous Fishes)
Selachimorpha / Selachii (Sharks)
Lamnidae OR Otodontidae
- if Lamnidae: Carcharodon megalodon (Agassiz, 1843)
- else if Otodontidae: Carcharocles megalodon (Jordan & Hannibal, 1923)
Middle Miocene to Late Pliocene
Length: Up to 18 m?
The largest shark of all time, she possessed one of the most powerful bite forces known to humans and hunted whales as a regular part of her balanced diet.
On a more important note: STOP. KILLING. SHARKS. Sharks kill an average of 10 people every year. Humans kill about 100 million sharks every year. Eating shark fins might make you look posh in your country, but to the rest of the world, you just look like an ass.
Estimated Bite Force: 108,514 N - 182, 201 N (Wroe et al., 2008)
Friday, August 28th, 2015