Previous efforts to suss out megalodon’s size relied on comparing the extinct beast with great white sharks, which can top 20 feet (6 meters) in length.
"Megalodon is not a direct ancestor of the great white but is equally related to other macropredatory sharks such as the makos, salmon shark and porbeagle shark, as well as the great white," said co-author Catalina Pimiento of Swansea University.
If great white sharks give you the cold sweats, you’ll be secretly glad the storied megalodon shark is extinct.
A study led by researchers at Swansea University and the University of Bristol in the UK, and published Thursday in Scientific Reports, harnessed the power of mathematics to crunch the numbers of Otodus megalodon’s size.
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