ScienceWhat caused this massive megalodon’s mega-toothache?

What caused this massive megalodon’s mega-toothache?

The enormous, extinct shark megalodon dominated the seas millions of years ago, but even this fearsome ocean carnivore wasn’t immune to tooth trouble. 

Recent analysis of a megalodon (Otodus megalodon) tooth with a rare abnormality — a groove all the way down the middle — hints that the dental deformity may trace its roots to an injury to the giant shark’s jaw, perhaps caused by prey that fought back. In an illustration showing one possible encounter, a fish pierces the pursuing predator’s jaw with its sharp bill, which may have set the stage for the megalodon growing a split tooth. 

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