Jason Statham's 2018 movie may be a work of fiction, but there is a real-life monster behind The Meg: the 60-foot-long prehistoric sea creature known as the megalodon. The movie paints the shark-like monster as something that still lives in the ocean, but this apex predator likely died out millions and millions of years ago - or did it?
Fossils prove the megalodon was real, and in fact went extinct. But that doesn't stop some believers from claiming the creature still swims the depths like a real-life Godzilla. These megalodon facts paint a formidable picture: It was larger than any creature now living, and it could destroy a Tyrannosaurus rex.
The Great White Shark Likely Did Not Evolve From Its Big Cousin
It May Have Evolved From Another Giant Shark
Otodus was another super-sized shark that lived 45 to 60 million years ago. Some scientists think that this creature eventually evolved into the megalodon based on the teeth of the two creatures. The serrated teeth of the Otodus could have been the predecessors of the megalodon's flesh-ripping chompers.
The two likely had the same diet of large marine life during their time in the ocean.
Its Teeth Were Misidentified As Moon Rocks And Dragon Tongues
When humans first found megalodon teeth, they believed the giant fossils were rocks that had fallen to Earth from the Moon. Others believed they were the hardened tongues of dragons or giant snakes.
It wasn't until 1666 that a scientist realized the large chunks were actually the fossilized teeth of a shark, after comparing them to the teeth of a shark.
- Photo: Catalina Pimiento, Dana J. Ehret, Bruce J. MacFadden, Gordon Hubbell / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.5
Its Giant Teeth Have Been Found Around The World