Math students contribute to megalodon size correction

2021-06-11

When Victor Perez was a doctoral student at the Florida Museum of Natural History, he used life-size replicas of megalodon teeth to ask high-school math students to figure out the ancient shark's total body length by providing the students with scientifically accepted equations. When Perez, now the assistant curator of paleontology at Maryland's Calvert Marine Museum, noticed the students had a wide range of answers, he realized the equations themselves were wrong -- leading researchers to change the accepted length of megalodons.

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