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  • n. Any of a group of extinct sharks from the Oligocene to Pleistocene epochs

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extinct genus of Pelecypoda typifying the family Megalodontid√¶. It is characterized by ponderous heart-shaped shells with amphidetic area, opisthodetic ligament, and large and heavy cardinal teeth. The earliest species are Devonian, but the shells are most abundant in the Triassic rocks. Properly Megalodus.

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Examples

  • A nursery for the extinct giant shark known as the megalodon - the largest shark that ever lived - has been unearthed in the Isthmus of Panama.

    Livescience.com

  • Only the giant shark known as megalodon could have matched the Leviathan for size when alive.

    current.com top stories

  • Discoveries here include gigantic fossilized teeth from the legendary 50-foot shark called the megalodon, the bones of a huge penguin with surprisingly colorful feathers and the fossils of the

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  • Discoveries here [in the Ocucaje Desert of Peru] include gigantic fossilized teeth from the legendary 50-foot shark called the megalodon, the bones of a huge penguin with surprisingly colorful feathers and the fossils of the Leviathan Melvillei, a whale with teeth longer than those of the Tyrannosaurus rex, making it a contender for the largest predator ever to prowl the oceans.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The megalodon was famed to reach lengths between 45 and 90 feet, dwarfing even today's most fearsome Great Whites.

    Museum Blogs

  • Carcharocles megalodon with a time machine (as it lived about 50 million years after Tyrannosaurus) was apparently on the scene, and it couldn't resist such a tasty theropod.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • That's all pretty bad by itself, but even worse is that we hear the same old tripe about the possibility that C. megalodon is still alive somewhere in the ocean depths.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • A megalodon would have a killer whale for breakfast.

    With Friends Like These...

  • The extinct whale is thought to have lived between 12m and 13m years ago and was probably a top predator alongside the 20-metre-long giant shark, Carcharocles megalodon, using its huge jaws to capture and kill other marine creatures, such as smaller baleen whales.

    Fossil sperm whale with huge teeth found in Peruvian desert

  • Do you know how many megalodon B-movies there are and how bad they are?

    Meg Movie Might Still Live? « FirstShowing.net

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  • Seen here. (Those "fish" look like humpback whales to me.)

    September 16, 2008

  • I love how the name megalodon has the right heft for the size of the shark. It's a perfect word. :)

    February 9, 2007

  • These things are (were) awesome. When you see the pictures of a full-grown man standing completely inside the jaws of a shark, odds are you're looking at a megalodon fossil. Not even Jaws was that big.

    February 8, 2007

  • Enormous, prehistoric shark

    February 8, 2007