Everyone has heard of Carcharocles megalodon, the terrifying villain of an assortment of novels and films, including last summer’s surprise hit “The Meg”. But was this mammoth carnivore really an unstoppable killing machine, or was it a slow swimming hulk that was forced to live life as a scavenger, stealing the rotting remains of other predators’ kills? Max Hawthorne, author of the best-selling paleo-fiction Kronos Rising series, feels that juvenile Megalodons remained active hunters, but the bulky adults were forced to obtain the majority of their food from carrion – dead whales.

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