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#1    doomgirl

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 03:39 PM

New evidence for Megalodon

As GUST reported in an earlier feature, fishermen at Port Stephens in Australia saw a giant shark in 1918 that fits the description of Megalodon, an 80 feet "monster" which evolved during the early Miocene epoch, about twenty million years ago, and lived until about two or three million years ago. Now new evidence indicates that Carcharodon megalodonu may still be alive.

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:20 PM

Inst Megalodon the name for an extinct marsupial in south america?

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:25 PM

Everything I've found on the net points to the Megalodon being a shark

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:30 PM

What evidence ? Beyond fishermen's anecdotes I mean, which what the article basically consists of.

Edited by Aslan, 07 January 2004 - 04:32 PM.


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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:40 PM

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 05:33 PM


Apparently from what I can gather, the hype on Megalodon is exactly that...hype!
Designed to draw attention to commercialization of teeth fossils which seem to go for a very high price.  

Snippets from:    http://www.paleodirect.com/meg1.htm

From the mid-Miocene Period 16 million years ago to the Plio-Pleistocene Period 1.6 million years ago, the ancient seas were terrorized by this beast. It is estimated that megalodon could have easily reached 60 feet in length and weighed over 52 tons. Fossil teeth have been found that exceed 7 inches in length!

Fine grade Megalodon teeth are some of the most promising investment fossils. Their demand continues to grow strongly and the few regions that such quality teeth are found are now either off-limits to public collecting or nearly stripped clean to feed such demand in the market.



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Posted 07 January 2004 - 10:37 PM

Ah, but you see most of the hype and modern theories that they could still be out there come from the fact that a tooth was discovered not too long ago that was only believed to be a few thousand years old....in evolutionary terms, this is little more than a heartbeat, and if they were around that recently, it's not quite leaping to conclusions that they could be still.

I remain slightly sceptical, I must admit...however, I do believe that we've explored so little of the oceans that there are more likely than not millions of different species living in it that we don't know about. We very rarely explore the deeper reaches of the oceans, and not at all the deepest...To dismiss the existance of Megalodon as mere 'hype', when we know almost nothing about what's out there, would be leaping to conclusions wink2.gif

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 10:43 PM

Megalodon is awesome, but it would be cooler to be one than to be eaten by one.


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Posted 07 January 2004 - 10:49 PM

Radio Carbon Dating is such an exact science..........................




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Posted 07 January 2004 - 11:11 PM

There is a good possibility that this shark may exist, like the giant squid.  We've had our share of capturing a few of these in their enormous size and still desire to capture this creature alive or its offsprings.


There's also that one species of fish that scientists believe have been extinct for a long time, but a fisherman had captured a fish that even he could not name.
This fish is mainly found in the bottom floors of the ocean.  I'd give a link if i had one.  sad.gif   But if you investigate yourself and search it on the internet, i'm sure you'll believe me.  This fish is bluish gray in colour and has fins on the bottom sides of his body.


Anyways, to prove my point, scientists thought these species of animals were extinct and now they know it isn't, whose to say that this megalodon shark is extinct.


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Posted 08 January 2004 - 10:33 PM

If its still around it wouldn't be a genetic match to the earlier ones! it would have evolved as does most things!, so it can carry on doing what it does best eating whale pies!

It would have shrank with its prey to about the size of a medium sized whale.

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 11:25 PM

QUOTE (Loque @ Jan 8 2004, 04:33 PM)
It would have shrank with its prey to about the size of a medium sized whale.

This is not necessarily true, for if it was the total truth, blue whales would have shrunken down to the size of a mere dolphin, trying to eat krill, which is billions of times smaller than it.


Sometimes evolution is not the cause of change in a certain species of animals, it's mutation(s).

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 01:51 PM

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Megalodon is awesome, but it would be cooler to be one than to be eaten by one.


Surely that goes for - well - everything, mutant snakes included  tongue.gif

And Blue -Scorpion, are you talking about coelacanths. They were thought to be extinct for 65 million years until they started being pulled out of the sea in the 30s

http://geology.about.com/library/weekly/aa031200a.htm

It just proves I suppose, anything is possible. Just as creatures such as the giant squid are beginning to prove themselves not to be a myth (although admittedly not on the scale of the ship-swallowing critters you see in old paintings) , so there must be other beasties out there that we don't know of.

It's just a shame that most of the new finds come about through ever more intensive fishing techniques. I sometimes wonder how many existing fish are being brought to the brink of extinction while we're marvelling at one species being found...


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Posted 09 January 2004 - 06:07 PM

QUOTE (Seraphina @ Jan 7 2004, 09:37 PM)


I remain slightly sceptical, I must admit...however, I do believe that we've explored so little of the oceans that there are more likely than not millions of different species living in it that we don't know about. We very rarely explore the deeper reaches of the oceans, and not at all the deepest...To dismiss the existance of Megalodon as mere 'hype', when we know almost nothing about what's out there, would be leaping to conclusions wink2.gif


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