After an unintentional discovery, Megalodon was discovered to be far larger than previously assumed.
THE MEGALODON WAS LARGER THAN EXPERTS BELIEVED, and one of Earth’s most deadly beasts just grew scarier.
The megalodon was thought to have reached a maximum size of 60 feet (18.2 meters) by experts. However, it is now thought that the ancient animals of the deep might grow up to 65 feet after a school lesson gone awry (19.8 metres).
The unexpected discovery was made while one of the tutors was helping students through megalodon size equations based on the height of its teeth.
Victor Perez, a PhD student at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the time, was explaining how to compute the size of an ancient shark using 3D printed replica megalodon teeth.
The pupils’ estimates of the megalodon’s size ranged from roughly 40 to 148 feet for the same shark.
“I was walking around, checking, like, did you use the wrong equation?” Dr. Perez explained. Have you forgotten to change your units?
“However, it became evident very immediately that the mistake had not been made by the kids. Simply put, the mathematics were not as precise as we had anticipated.”
The disputed equations had been in use since 2002, according to Dr. Perez, who now claims they had been “blindly accepted.”
The jaw of a megalodon, like that of other sharks, is constructed of fragile cartilage that decomposes quickly after death.
The enamel on the teeth, on the other hand, is “extremely well preserved,” despite the fact that the average megalodon sheds hundreds of times over its career.
However, scientists need to know where in the shark’s mouth the tooth fell to accurately determine the size of the shark.
It’s unusual for scientists to come across a megalodon jaw set in its entirety, but that’s exactly what occurred in 2015 when a fossil collector gave an almost complete set of megalodon teeth to the Florida Museum, where Dr. Perez currently works.
He and Megan Higbee Hendrickson, a teacher at Tampa’s Academy of the Holy Names, then collaborated on a lesson in which pupils had to match 3D printed replicas of teeth to their jaw placements.
“Match the tooth to its place in the shark jaw, seek up the related equation, measure the tooth from the tip of the crown to the line where.”Brinkwire Summary News,” according to a release from the Florida Museum of Natural History.