Otodus (Carcharodon) megalodon life-size reconstruction.

Height:  approximately 2.75 meters. Made as an entrance for a new museum wing at Historyland Hellevoetsluis. It features teeth cast from real fossils. These fossils can be quite valuable and are highly sought after by collectors.  Finding the different tooth positions needed was a difficult task to complete. The Megalodon was arguably the largest predator ever to have lived. With only a few contenders for the title. Its teeth can reach a maximum of 7 inches tall (approximately the size of a grown man’s hand.) It has long been thought to be directly related to the extent Lamniforme Carcharodon carcharias (Great white shark) But recent studies lean more towards the ancient Otodus obliquus shark lineage. Therefore the name has been changed from Carcharodon (or Carcharocles) to Otodus. Megalodon means literally ”mega-tooth” for obvious reasons. It’s thought to have been long extinct despite of popular theories telling tall tales of them still lurking somewhere in the world’s vast oceans. It most likely preyed on marine mammals such as whales. Its tooth fragments have been found embedded in whale vertebrae along with bite marks. The creature is almost solely known from fossil teeth and a few vertebrae because the rest of its skeleton consists of cartilage. This tends to decay before it can become a fossil so there is still much speculation on its actual appearance.