In 1975, Jaws struck terror into the hearts of beach-going innocents across the country. But more than a century earlier, Louis Agassiz gave a scientific name to a real monster, a shark now believed to have been the biggest ever: Carcharodon megalodon. From fossils, scientists estimate the shark was up to sixty feet long larger than a city bus.
Were still finding pieces of megalodon, notes Tori Labs, spokeswoman for the Wildlife Experience Museum, which is hosting the show Megalodon: The Largest Shark That Ever Lived. A lot of the buzz is the mystery behind the beast. The Florida Museum of Natural History and the National Science Foundation put together this exhibit, which includes a life-sized replica of megalodon and comparisons with other sharks we think of as scary-big, like the Great White, along with explanations of what might have caused megalodons extinction and how shark specimens helped unlock some of the giants mystery.
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Megalodon continues through January 2, 2012, at the Wildlife Experience Museum, 10035 South Peoria Street in Parker; for information, call 720-488-3300 or visit www.thewildlifeexperience.org.
May 28-Jan. 2, 2011