Great Whites 'not evolved from megashark'

Great white shark

A new fossil has been found that shows great white sharks did not evolve from much bigger megatooth sharks, scientists say.

Megatooth sharks lived up to 28 million years ago and could grow to a massive 20m (65 ft) long!

Experts have disagreed for 150 years, but it's now thought great whites came from much smaller animals, called mako sharks.

It's to do with a 6.5 million year old fossil which they say links the two.

Similar teeth

Mako vs Megatooth

  • There are only two species of mako shark today: the short-finned and long-finned mako sharks.
  • They are smaller than white sharks and mainly eat fish.
  • The biggest 'megatooth' shark was 15-20m long.
  • A 2008 study found that its bite was one of the most ferocious ever!

The US scientists analysed the teeth of the fossilised shark and found they were a similar shape to both pre-historic mako sharks and modern-day great whites.

They claim the find supports the theory that the sharks did not evolve from giant megatooth sharks, as other experts believed.

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