Carcharodon Megalodon from Boney Springs, Benton County, Missouri. Arizona Natural History Museum.
Carcharodon Megalodon from Boney Springs, Benton County, Missouri. Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz gave the shark its initial scientific name, Carcharodon megalodon, in 1835, in his research work Recherches sur les poissons fossiles (Research on fossil fish), which he completed in 1843. Megalodon teeth are morphologically similar to the teeth of the great white shark. On the basis of this observation, Agassiz assigned megalodon to the genus Carcharodon. While the scientific name is C. megalodon, it is often informally dubbed the "megatooth shark", "giant white shark" or "monster shark". Megalodon meaning "big tooth", from Ancient Greek is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). The Arizona Museum of Natural History. Arizona Natural History Museum, Mesa, Arizona.
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