Carcharocles angustidens (Extinct)

The Great White’s ancestor?

Carcharocles angustidens is a species of prehistoric megatoothed sharks in the genus Carcharocles, which lived during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs about 33 to 22 million years ago. It is a relative of Megalodon. Some people call Carcharocles angustidens the Giant Great White.

Family: †Otodontidae

Genus: †Carcharocles

Species: †angustidens


Phylum– Chordata

Class– Chondrichthyles


Family– †Otodontidae

Common Name– People call C. angustidens the Giant Great White

Genus– †Carcharocles

Species– †angustidens

Status: EXTINCT. Carcharocles angustidens lived during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs, 22-35 million years ago.

Average Size and Length: Based on fossil records of a specimen found in New Zealand, it is estimated a length of 31 feet long.

Teeth and Jaw: Carcharocles angustidens had large, serrated teeth. One specimen had teeth measuring up to 3.89 inches in diagonal length, and vertebral centra around 0.43 inches in diameter.

Demographic, Distribution, Habitat, Environment and Range: Its fossils discovered in regions of North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

Diet: C. angustidens was an apex predator and likely preyed upon penguins, fish, dolphins, and baleen whales.

Aesthetic Identification: A Megatooth shark, Carcharocles angustidens was thought to look much like today’s Great White shark.

Biology and Reproduction: Related to Megalodon and possibly today’s Great White shark.

Behavioral Traits, Sensing and Intelligence: Unknown