The National Museum of the Philippines Bohol showcased the second Megalodon’s tooth fossil that was discovered by a local in Bohol just in time for the end of the #CelebrateTheSea last month.
Local resident Christian Gio Bangalao found the tooth fossil in Barangay Jandig of Maribojoc town. The tooth measures 7.6 centimeters x 6.5 centimeters, which he donated to the National Museum last May 28.
“Today, we present to you a fossil tooth from the giant predatory shark Otodus megalodon (previously known as Carcharocles megalodon), though everyone may know it simply as #Megalodon,” the museum wrote in its post. “The specimen was donated to you #NationalMuseumPH last May 28, 2020, and is the second O. megalodon specimen found in the town of Maribojoc.”
As part of its “Sharks Encounters in Bohol” series in the museum’s Facebook post, the Bohol-based museum said the second Megalodon specimen was found in the town of Maribojoc. The first tooth was discovered by another local, Venjo Busalla, on the grounds of the municipal plaza of Maribojoc on March 1, 2018.
The Megalodon is known as the largest shark that ever lived in the world’s oceans, but it went extinct 2.6 million years ago, according to the current fossil record.
“Based on the fossil record, the largest megalodons would have reached about 60 ft. In comparison, the largest great white shark to date, measured only 21 ft.,” they added.
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