The Papo Megalodon was released in December 2020 and is part of the Papo toy dinosaur series.
The Papo 55087 is a hand-painted figure and is made of durable synthetic material.
Our thoughts on the Papo Megalodon:
Papo did a really good job on this Megalodon model. Things we like include Awesome mouth – Well sculpted and painted all the way to the back of the throat. Lots of nice double-rowed teeth, and the paint job on the outside shows excellent shading on the skin. We love this model.
The word “Megalodon” literally translates to “big tooth” and the Megalodon was likely one of the largest and most dangerous predators that lived in the water. Scientists know that the Megalodon was a large creature, but exactly how large is unknown. The problem is that a complete Megalodon fossil has never been found so the size and appearance estimates are based on fragmentary remains.
Most estimates of the Megalodon’s size and appearance are based on fragment remains of teeth that have been found. Extrapolating current day shark teeth data against found Megalodon teeth provides an estimate of a 35-foot length (on average) with a maximum length estimated to be up to 65 feet. It had powerful jaws with an estimated bite force of 40,000 lbs – which could easily crush any bones.
At that giant size, the Megalodon clearly had a major impact on the marine community in which it lived. Near the top of the ocean “food chain,” it likely targeted only the largest of prey – whales, seals, etc. Like the old joke – What’s a Megalodon eat” – whatever it wants. However, it likely did face competition from other large predators such as the Livyatan.
The Megalodon lived approximately 25 million years ago. There are many thoughts as to why the Megalodon became extinct. The ice age cooling the oceans, lowering sea levels, loss of nursing areas, and reduction of food sources are just some of the possible reasons.
Product Code: 55087
|Dimensions||8 x 4 x 1.5 in|