The latest preview for ‘Meg 2: The Trench’ features a megalodon shark from ancient times biting into a Tyrannosaurus rex. This upcoming movie stars Jason Statham and is the follow-up to ‘The Meg’ from 2018 where scientists had an encounter with a massive 75-foot-long Otodus megalodon in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. These sharks are known to be incredibly formidable predators in the history of vertebrates and according to fossil remains, they could grow up to a gargantuan length of 65 feet or 20 meters!
It is believed that the monster resembled a bulkier variant of the present-day great white shark and had a weight of around 220,500 pounds (100,000 kg). However, there is a question, could it have ever encountered a T. rex? And assuming it did, who would have emerged as the victor in their face-off? All your queries will be answered by MailOnline.
The latest trailer for ‘Meg 2: The Trench’ features a fascinating scene where a prehistoric megalodon shark devours a T. rex. However, MailOnline takes the speculation a step further and determines which predator would come out victorious in a real-life battle.
The upcoming sequel to ‘The Meg’, featuring Jason Statham, continues the story of a team of scientists who encountered a massive prehistoric shark in the Pacific Ocean in the previous film. The creature in question is an Otodus megalodon, a species that lived between 23 and 2.6 million years ago, during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs of the Cenozoic Era. This ancient predator, known as the ‘big tooth’, diverged from the modern great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, over 100 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous period. While they were once formidable predators in their day, megalodons are thought to have gone extinct due to factors such as climate change and competition for food with other marine creatures. Recent research found that they were outcompeted by smaller great white sharks, which has further supported their extinction theory.
On the other hand, Tyrannosaurus rex, or T. rex, was a dinosaur species that lived between 68 and 66 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. They were one of the last dinosaur species to exist before the mass extinction event that wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs along with many other forms of life on Earth. Due to the significant gap of about 70 million years between the time periods of these two species, it would have been impossible for them to coexist.
Although the ‘The Meg’ movie series is set in the present day, scientists discover that the prehistoric shark still exists in the deep ocean and poses a threat to humans. However, there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of megalodons in modern times, and it is unlikely that such a massive predator could go unnoticed. Furthermore, the ecological role that once belonged to megalodons has now been taken over by smaller shark species. Similarly, we can be certain that there are no remaining T. rexes wandering around on beaches today. Therefore, the events portrayed in the trailer for ‘Meg 2’ are purely fictional and should be enjoyed as such.
The megalodon, believed to resemble a larger version of today’s great white shark and weigh up to 220,500 pounds (100,000 kg), is an extinct species that could not have encountered the great white shark in real life. However, it’s possible to imagine a fictitious scenario where both species coexist in the present day. According to Danny Sigman, a geoscientist at Princeton, if megalodon were alive today, it would drastically alter our interaction with the marine environment. Megatooth sharks were fairly common in the Cenozoic ocean, and their size would make any interaction with them potentially lethal. Small boats and vessels would also be at risk of random attacks and aggressive behavior.
The megalodon, a gigantic prehistoric shark whose name means “big tooth”, roamed the world’s oceans between 23 and 2.6 million years ago, during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs of the Cenozoic Era. Fossils of the megalodon have been discovered on every continent except Antarctica, suggesting that it lived in a wide range of marine habitats, from shallow coastal waters to deep offshore environments. Scientists have analysed the nitrogen isotopes in the teeth of megalodons and other megatooth sharks to determine their trophic level, or position in the food chain. Species at the bottom of the food web turn nitrogen from the air or water into nitrogen in their tissues, and organisms that eat them preferentially excrete more of nitrogen’s lighter isotope, N-14, than its heavier cousin, N-15. As a result, N-15 increases relative to N-14 as one moves up the food chain. The high trophic signature of the megalodon suggests that it fed on other predators and predators-of-predators in a complex food web.
According to scientists, the T. rex was capable of using its massive jaws and serrated teeth to bite through bone and tear apart large animals. In a similar manner, the megalodon shark was believed to have eaten anything it desired, including other megalodons. The fossilized teeth of this prehistoric shark were broad, triangular, and serrated, indicating that they were well-suited for biting and tearing through tough, dense flesh. Additionally, the shape of these teeth suggests that the megalodon had a powerful bite force, which enabled it to bite through thick blubber and bone. This made it a formidable predator for marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, as well as sea turtles and even other sharks. Fossils with distinctive megalodon bite marks have been discovered as evidence of their predatory nature. Recently, a research team found a megalodon tooth with a crack that was possibly caused by chomping down on a spiny fish.
Megalodon teeth that have been fossilized show that they were well-suited for ripping through tough, dense flesh with their broad, triangular and serrated shape. While the megalodon, like other sharks, relied on its gills to extract oxygen from water and couldn’t survive long periods in the air, it may have surfaced from time to time to breathe or feed on prey at the surface, as shown in the movie ‘Meg 2: The Trench’. T. rex fossils have been discovered in many parts of the United States and Canada, particularly in the Hell Creek Formation spanning parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Experts estimate that there were over 2.5 billion T. rex roaming North America for over 2.5 million years in the Late Cretaceous based on fossil evidence. With its massive jaws and serrated teeth, T. rex was believed to be capable of biting through bone and tearing apart large animals. As a top predator that fed on other dinosaurs, evidence such as stomach contents and bite marks on dinosaur bones support this idea. While both Megalodon and T. Rex were adapted to devouring large prey, as terrestrial animals, it is unlikely that they would have met each other in their natural environments. Therefore, the question of who would win a battle on a US beach remains ambiguous.
The megalodon and T. rex were both apex predators during their respective eras. The megalodon had 276 triangular teeth that measured almost eight inches in diagonal length, while the largest teeth in the T. rex’s mouth were about 12 inches long. The question remains as to which of these two creatures would win in a physical encounter. The maximum size of the megalodon has been debated due to its cartilage skeleton which rarely fossilizes. However, a recent study estimated that the megalodon could reach up to 65 feet in length and weighed over 134,500 pounds, four times the weight of a T. rex. Other studies suggest that larger megalodons could reach over 220,500 pounds. The megalodon could swim at speeds of up to 3 mph and had a stomach volume of almost 10,000 liters, allowing it to eat prey up to 26 feet long. While the megalodon could easily chomp up a modern Orca, it would not be able to swallow a T. rex whole.
The Megalodon shark is known to be the largest predator in vertebrate history, with fossil remains suggesting a length of up to 65 feet (20m). Fossil hunter Vito ‘Megalodon’ Bertucci spent nearly 20 years reconstructing the shark’s jaw, which measures 11 feet (3.4 m) across and almost 9 feet (2.7 m) tall. It had 276 triangular teeth that were nearly 8 inches (20 cm) in diagonal length, and its colossal mouth could produce a bite force of up to 108,500 to 182,200 newtons. In comparison, the T. rex’s largest teeth were only about 12 inches (30 cm) in diagonal length, and its jaw could produce a bite force of up to 34,522 newtons with its 60 teeth. Although recent research suggests that the T. rex may have had problem-solving skills and intelligence similar to modern primates, the two species never lived during the same prehistoric period and would never have encountered each other. Nonetheless, if a Megalodon were to somehow end up on land and encounter a T. rex, it would likely overpower and consume the dinosaur due to its larger size and powerful jaws capable of crushing bones.