Quiz by: esale
It all begins here, one hundred miles inland from California’s current coast line. A landscape of rolling hills shelters the densest concentration of marine sea fossils in the world.
This bone bed was the hunting ground of Megalodon, the most fearsome creature ever to hunt the oceans. Today this formation is commonly known as Shark Tooth Hill.
Fifteen millions years ago, this place was a shallow marine sea maybe a hundred to two hundred feet deep, full of all kinds of life, particularly vertebrate life. Sharks, marine mammals and fish, birds overhead, it would have been a lot like the Chesapeake bay is today, but with much much larger types of prey and predator. It would have been truly an amazing sight to see.
Megalodon, literally translated means big tooth and these seven-inch teeth are almost all the remain of this extraordinary creature. No skeletons have ever been found. What we do know is that Megalodon ruled the seas for some twenty five million years, going extinct just under two million years ago.
What they looked like, how big they were, how they lived, how they died, is a mystery science is only beginning to crack.
Megalodon was probably the apex predator of all time. People often think T.Rex or something like that is the worst by Megalodon. Megalodon was huge, maybe it was 70 feet long. T.Rex wouldn't have a chance against this thing. T.Rex's head would fit in this guy's mouth.
But how big was that mouth, how large a bite could it take? Unlike the T.Rex which left many bones behind, the skeleton of a Megalodon, like all sharks, was made of cartilage, and cartilage rarely fossilizes. All we have left of this enormous predator are a few saucer-sized vertebrae and teeth, but these teeth might be enough. By starting with just one, it might be possible to reverse engineering nightmare. A nightmare we call: Sharkzilla.
- Overhead /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈhed/ au-dessus
- Hunting ˈhʌntɪŋ/ chasse
- Shallow /ˈʃæləʊ/ un peu profond
- To crack kræk craquer
- Engineer /ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə/ ingénieur
- Saucer-sized /ˈsɔːsə saɪzd/ Taille de soucoupe