|Smithsonian staff with fiberglass jaws of an extinct 40-foot long shark.|
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Though we here at the Smithsonian Institution Archives can not give you a post of the Top Ten Shark Jumps or the Top Thirty-Five Great White Attacks, we do have a lot of shark knowledge. Over the years, the Smithsonian has featured sharks in programs and exhibits, so we can share with you that the Carcharodon megalodon is the colossal ancestor of the modern great white shark and fossils from this big guy are here at the Smithsonian. The Carcharodon megalodon was about the size of a railroad car and occupied the Earth’s waters about 30 million years ago. For more information about this incredible animal check out the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean’s Portal and visit the Ocean’s Hall to check out other interesting shark stories. If you are really into all things shark take a bite out of this Smithsonian's Collection Search Center search for images of specimens.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Institutional History Division