Enjoy one last hurrah for the Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived exhibit with Dogfish Shark Dissection Labs
on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Aquarium Restaurant will also host some shark-themed
activities during the day! More info»

Sept. 26, 2015  Jan. 31, 2016

?????????????????????????????????Walk through full-scale jaws into a Megalodon sculpture and begin to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature – its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and the science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale.

Megalodon is the largest shark that ever lived! Estimated to be approximately 60 feet in length, this formidable top predator occupied the world’s ancient oceans 17-2 million years ago. Megalodon consumed vast quantities of marine animals and likely contributed to the stability of ecosystems – as top predators do today. Understanding Megalodon’s life history is critical to improving our knowledge of evolution and living shark conservation.

Related to the modern great white and mako sharks, Megalodon was a dominant marine predator for 15 million years before vanishing 2 million years ago. Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived conveys current research findings of Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists, and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections. Be consumed with awe, walk away with respect!

Exhibit highlights:

  • If Shark Teeth Could Talk….
    Shark teeth can identify the species, suggest body size and indic_D2H8163_CentraWheelate prey or prey size. Touch a full set of 46 Megalodon teeth, and view real specimens showing tooth differences between upper and lower jaws, male and female sharks, and sharks’ unique system of tooth replacement.
  • Circle of Life
    Growth rings are visible in shark vertebrae or “centra,” much like tree rings, and indicate a shark’s age at death. Turn a wheel with shark centra to magnify and count rings to estimate age.
  • Ancient Sharks
    Sharks have been around for over 400 million years. View models of some of these curious early sharks and the specimens that give us clues.
  • SMegalodonJaws_FNL2hark Tooth Study Center
    Shark teeth are the most commonly collected fossils. Bring your own shark teeth or use those provided to compare to the species on display. Watch video of kids collecting fossil teeth in a Florida stream.
  • Megalodon Extinction
    Several factors caused Megalodon’s extinction about 2 million years ago. Climate change and shifting food resources are part of the story. Learn about extinction and guess which of five modern animals are in danger of extinction today.
  • Megalomania
    Megalodon has intrigued people for thousands of years, and still intrigues us today. View Megalodon teeth used by ancient Native Americans, and see modern books, clothing and jewelry inspired by Megalodon.
  • When Did Megalodon Live?
    Megalodon lived from 17 to 2 million years ago when the world’s oceans were generally warmer. Compare Megalodon’s time on earth to dinosaurs, humans and other animals. See fossils of some of Megalodon’s neighbors.
  • Fact or Fiction?
    There are plenty of common misconceptions about sharks. Compare Megalodon’s place in time to dinosaurs and humans, and learn how unlikely it is today to be attacked by a shark.
  • And more!

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Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the National Science Foundation.