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Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), meaning "big tooth," is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 2.6 million years ago (mya), during the Early Miocene to the end of the Pliocene. There had been some debate regarding the taxonomy of megalodon: some researchers argued that it was of the family Lamnidae and closely related to the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), while others argued that it belonged to the extinct family Otodontidae; presently, there is near unanimous consensus that the latter view is correct. Its genus placement is still debated, authors placing it in either Carcharocles, Megaselachus, Otodus, or Procarcharodon. The shark has made appearances in several media, such as the Discovery Channel's docufiction ''''.

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Is the great megalodon extinct or is it still alive? Check out the evidence in this video and decide for yourself.

Contributed by Ashley Alumbaugh

The nightmarish Megalodon shark is a rare species that is said to be extinct... until now!

Contributed by Miranda Sanchez

Get Out of the Water!!

With the vastness of the oceans of which most is unexplored. There is still a chance that Megalodon is still out there somewhere. If Great Whites can grow as large as they do near the coast, I can imagine a larger shark living in the open Ocean. I can't believe shark week is over already!

Contributed by Ben Trabing

Well, it may not be funny to you guys but my little brother who is currently ten has been telling me how dangerous this shark was and to be aware of it since he was like 7. He has a huge fascination with this shark and says it's his favorite. If something so scary and vicious can keep my little brothers attention, i think it's worth a looking in to!

Contributed by Diamond Divine Wilson

It makes you wonder. if these animals did survive till this point how would the life would have been. Would have traveling and fishing in the sea changed. This video really does give an insight to how some of these animals could have evolved to the sharks that are in the ocean right now.

Contributed by Rochelle Ratnum

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