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The Carchardon/Carcharocles Debate



Originally the Megalodon was thought to be a relative
of the Carcharodon Carcharias, however since then there
has been a lot of debate as to whether it is or not.
Most scientists have made conclusions on this subject
mainly through the characteristics of the teeth them-
selves and through the fossilized remains of some of
the ancient creatures that the Megalodon fed on. Due to
the fact that their teeth and a few vertebrae are all
that remain of the Megalodon, not much can be said about
them with fact, but only through theories. Over the
years as the theories and suggestions grew stronger and
evidence given into the idea, it was concluded by some
scientists that the Megalodon was NOT a relative of the
Carcharias. It was then that the decision was made to
change the name to the "Carcharocles Megalodon." This
was done simply to give it distinction as being a shark
not related to the Great White, however some people,
including myself, still use the term "Carcharodon"
because we believe that the shark is related to the Great
White. Another interesting fact is that there were over
65 different species of the Carcharodon Megalodon in
it's evolutionary timeline. Meaning it didn't start off
as a Carcharodon Megalodon, but started off as some-
thing else instead and evolved through the prehistoric
times into the Megalodon.