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Megalodon Teeth From Ancient Shark Wash Up on North Carolina Beach

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Oct 2015 02:20 PM

The Megalodon shark has been extinct for roughly 2.6 million years, but evidence of its existence turned up on a North Carolina beach recently in the form of giant teeth the size of a human hand.

Beachgoers discovered several fossilized Megalodon teeth at beaches in North Topsail and Surf City, WITN-TV reported. North Carolina coast has become a prime spot to find evidence from the giant shark, researchers have said.

The behemoth Megalodon shark is believed to have grown to be 60 feet long before it went extinct more than 2 million years ago, according to LiveScience.com.

The massive shark teeth found in North Carolina seemed to enforce the dramatic size of the shark, according to the Aurora Fossil Museum. Experts there compared the Megalodon teeth to samples from other sharks and said that each inch of tooth equals about 10 feet in total length, according to WITN-TV.

Cynthia Crane, director of North Carolina's Aurora Fossil Museum, told the television station that she believes the recent rain and high tides disturbed the fossilized teeth in the ocean and allowed them to be washed ashore.

The date of when the Megalodon shark went extinct has been in dispute by scientists, according to LiveScience.com. A study published in the science journal PLOS ONE a year ago pinpointed the extinction at 2.6 million years ago.

"This date falls on the border between the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs, right when baleen whales began growing to their modern-day gigantic sizes," LiveScience noted.

"The timing of the Megalodon's extinction makes sense, since these ancient sharks fed on marine mammals, including whales and dolphins, the researchers write in the paper. Without the presence of a predator, the baleen whale could flourish."

Catalina Pimiento, of the University of Florida, said that, before its extinction, Megalodon sharks grew continually for 14 million years, adding that the climate during its time may have produced the pattern of reproduction, according to the Tech Times.

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The Megalodon shark has been extinct for roughly 2.6 million years, but evidence of its existence turned up on a North Carolina beach recently in the form of giant teeth the size of a human hand.
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