The breeding ground of the world's largest, prehistoric predator, Megalodon, has been found.
The breeding ground of the world's largest, prehistoric predator has been discovered in Panama.
A super-sized version of the modern great white shark, Megalodon (Charcharocles megalodon) is estimated to have been 50 feet long. It ruled as the undisputed top predator in the ocean until 1.5 million years ago, leaving six-inch-long teeth littered around the globe like disposable razors.
It's a rare find. Paleontologists have uncovered only one other putative nursery for the ferocious beasts in what is today South Carolina.
On the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Panama, researchers have found a stash of much smaller teeth, most between about a half-inch and three inches long.
Led by Catalina Pimiento of the University of Florida in Gainesville, the team compared the fossils to other C. megalodon teeth and determined the teeth belonged almost exclusively to juvenile sharks.
In both Panama and South Carolina, Megalodon lived in areas flooded by much higher ocean waters, which provided warm, shallow shelters for the ferocious beasts to spawn.