Megalodon mystery: Mega-shark tooth study shows secrets of apex predators’ early years

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Megalodon mystery: Mega-shark tooth study shows secrets of apex predators’ early years

Otodus megalodon may have taken up to 25 years to become an adult, a period described by researchers as “an extremely-delayed sexual maturity”.

However, once the megalodon became an adult, the shark reached up to 60ft (18m) in length – almost three times the size of the largest great white shark.

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As an apex predator, an adult megalodon ruled the seas without any competition, feasting on smaller sharks and even whales.

But their babies remained vulnerable to attacks by other predators, including cannibalistic sharks.

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