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June 20, 2024 5:39 am

Megalodon Thrashed An Ancient Whale, Newly-Discovered Fossil Shows

Scientists have found a fossil of a whale that was killed by a megalodon, the legendary shark that existed 20 to 3.6 million years ago. The fossil suggests that the whale was ambushed, bitten and thrashed by the bus-sized shark, Mashable said in a report. Last month, researchers in collaboration with the University of Zurich developed a 3D scan of the great shark, which revealed that it weighed more than 61 tonnes and had length of 16 metres. The scientists also said that the massive creature could swim through the seas at a speed of 1.4 metres per second.

The fossil was discovered by Mike Ellwood, who works for the Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland, in the United States. The 15-million-year-old fossil includes two whale vertebrae and a megalodon tooth, the Mashable report said.

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