Published on April 15th, 2019 | by Liz Martin-Silverstone

Megalodon and Marine Megafauna

Undoubtedly, Megalodon is the world’s most famous extinct shark is and in this episode, we hear everything we know about this taxon, its ecology and how it got to be so big. Its ultimate extinction is also considered, not in isolation, but placed in the wider context of the entire marine ecosystem.

Joining us is Dr Catalina Pimiento of  Swansea University.

Dr Catalina Pimiento and a Megalodon jaw in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), where she completed her masters and PhD. Image: FLMNH.
Megalodon tooth collected from the Late Miocene Gatun Formation (a nursery area) in Panama. Image: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Image: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Megalodon tooth from the Late Miocene Gatun Formation (a nursery area) in Panama (from Pimiento et al. 2010. PlosOne).
Phylogeny showing the evolution of gigantism in sharks and rays (Pimiento et al. 2019. Evolution).

Cover image: White Shark by Terry Goss CC BY-SA 3.0
3D scan: NHMUK PV OR 46994 by Natural History Museum, London.

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