Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fossils & Ruins: Great White Shark Ancestry

It was under belief for a long time that the prehistoric Megaladon Shark was a direct ancestor to the Great White shark.

Megaladon was the largest shark ever discovered; recorded with a 6 foot jaw span, teeth the size of human hands, and an average of 50 foot length. It was a major ocean predator during the Cenozoic Era (a period after the Cretaceous period when large numbers of species, including the dinosaurs, became extincted).

New research however, has found that Megaladon is not a direct link to the present day Great White. Instead, a shark called Carcharodon hubbelli, who is a ancestor to the Mako shark (pictured below).

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S.G.Renee has written poetry/fiction for over ten years and has worked with Clash of Weapons (COW) for the last three.  Equipped with a BSc degree in Professional Writing (with emphasis in Anthropology), AA in Studio Art and experience in creative writing, she can write in various mediums. Writing has always been a huge part of her life since she was small, writing stories for her younger siblings. Renee loves writing poetry, but will happily write literary fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. She works as a technical writer for an engineering incorporation and an event organizer for a local writing group while working on projects for COW.