As it turns out, the extinction of what was the largest whale to ever see the Earth’s oceans, might have been pushed out of the water – so to speak. In fact, a recent study reveals a lot of unknown information regarding Megalodon sharks. Primarily, the study takes on two significant questions in answering when and why the massive sharks went extinct.

The Megalodon was a massive 60-foot shark. It was the largest in the ocean, and in turn, it made it the largest predator in the ocean. The study suggests that the sharks actually went extinct at a point in time right on the border between the Pliocene and Pleistocene Epochs. That’s significant because this is around the time in history when baleen whales began growing into the modern day size that they are known for, and they also happened to be a significant part of the Megalodon’s diet.

The sharks fed on these marine mammals, including whales, and dolphins, and without a steady population of these creatures – that were containable for the sharks, it in turn became difficult for the sharks to continue living.

Currently, researchers say that there isn’t enough information yet to name an exact date when the massive sea creatures went extinct, but this pinpointing of a time frame does a lot to answering questions regarding their reason for extinction. Some though have speculated that the Megalodon could still exist.

Scientists argue that it’s incredibly unlikely, and even though there is a .01% chance in model prediction that the creatures could still be swimming the ocean floors – it remains a 99.9% likelihood that the Megalodon’s are not just gone, but are long gone by an incredible time span.

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Much of the argument for this theory that they are still so-certainly gone is the fact that the massive sharks lived in coastal regions, and fed on animals that were oftentimes at the surface. Though there are plenty of sharks that currently fit the bill, none of them are in these competing waters, and by now, plenty of evidence would have been uncovered from modern day of the existence of this shark.

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For now, some mystery remains – but with almost perfect certainty we can state that this is only the beginning of this debate, even with such certainty within the science community.

Source: plosone