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Are Megalodons a figment of someone’s imagination? Oddly, yes

Full sized representation of a Megalodon at the Museum of Evolution in Puebla, Mexico.
Credit: Sergiodlarosa/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 4.0

A little interesting fact about Megalodons exposes one of the bigger problems in paleontology.

Things aren’t always like they appear.

We have all seen pictures of the 65′ Megalodons, the massive sharks that swam in our seas a few years back. We have seen them in movies. There are even articles discussing such vital topics as could a Mosasaurus defeat a Megalodon?

But here is the odd thing. No one has any idea what a Megalodon actually looked like?

Why you ask?

Because according to an article in the Daily Mail, a recent study revealed that all they have discovered of Megalodons are teeth. They have not discovered any skeletal remains of a Megalodon.

The Daily Mail explains:

In a new study, experts say all previously proposed body forms of the gigantic megalodon remain ‘in the realm of speculations’.”

But despite having no idea what they look like, this has not stopped museums from putting up displays of full-sized Megalodons, giving everyone the impression that scientists know what they actually looked like.

Now because of the similarity of the teeth, they speculate that Megalodons were simply supersized, Great White Sharks, and that is a possibility.

But this is not the only time something like this has happened.

Paleontologists also believe that at some point in our ancient past, animals developed blow holes and fins and started swimming, becoming whales.

And if you visit museums around the world you will see the skeletal remains of whales with legs, such as the Rodhocetus, Pakicetus, and Ambulocetus.

Except for one thing, like the Megalodons, this is just speculation.

In 2001, Dr. Carl Werner decided to visit some of these museums to study these ancient remains, that scientists claimed showed the transition from animals to whales.

But he discovered that these creatures did not actually have the parts that would prove they were transitioning to the sea. Make-believe parts had been added to the displays and drawings.

Werner explains:

I went to the museum to see the actual fossils and film the interview. When I arrived, I noticed that the fossils of the most spectacular aspect of Rodhocetus were missing. There were no fossils of the arms and tail yet they had flippers and a whale’s tail on the diagram. When I pointed this out to Dr. Gingerich in the interview, he retracted his claim that Rodhocetus had flippers or a fluke. His admission in this interview was simply stunning. My confidence was shaken.”

According to Dr. Werner, some of the features that were added to prove the theory of evolution included:

  • Whale blowholes were added to Pakicetus and Ambulocetus because they didn’t have blow holes, so they would appear that whales transitioned from land-loving animals.
  • Rodhocetus didn’t have a tale fluke, so one was added.
  • Rodhocetus and Pakicetus had no front fins, so fins were added.

READ: Forget the monstrous shark depicted in The Meg! Scientists admit we still have no idea what the megalodon really looked like

Now, as a caveat, I have no problems with 65′ sharks, because sharks are one of those species that grow until they die. And this ties in with a solitary Bible verse that explains what happened to the dinosaurs and, of course, Megalodons:

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