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Until about two-and-a-half million years ago, the oceans were home to the enormous Carcharocles megalodon. At an estimated maximum size of 18 metres 60 feet, this shark was one fearsome fish, but despite its fame, surprisingly little is known about its diet — or its extinction. Now, some shark-bitten fossils have shed new light on both mysteries. If a big shark takes a bite out of you, you can bet it’s going to leave a mark. Researchers from Italy, Belgium and Peru have found bite marks on seven-million-year-old Peruvian fossils of seals and small baleen whales — bite marks that match the teeth of C. Counter to what you might expect, the chomped animals were fairly small, with body lengths under five metres 16 feet, a lot smaller than the shark itself. It seems the big predator may have had a taste for small prey. This is a very rare find. It may be exciting to imagine huge carnivores like C. Collareta points out that modern-day great white sharks typically go after prey much smaller than themselves, such as seals and small whales. Catalina Pimiento of the University of Zurich, who wasn’t part of this study, notes the eating habits of C.