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Great white sharks may have driven megalodon to extinction

megalodon (Otodus megalodon), one of the largest sharks that ever lived, mysteriously disappeared from the fossil record about 3.6 million years ago. Now scientists suspect the massive predator may have been driven to extinction by a competing marine species: great white sharks.

Previous research hypothesized that the demise of megalodon may have coincided with the rise of great whites (Carcharodon carcharias) that likely hunted the same prey as their larger cousin, Jeremy McCormack, a geoscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and lead author of a new study on these prehistoric competitors, Live Science told in an email. This explanation for the relatively sudden disappearance of megalodon was supported by bite marks on the bones of other marine animals; These scars were made by both great whites and megalodon, suggesting the two species may have been competing for similar food resources.

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