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Otodontidae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Family
Subclass  Elasmobranchii
Superorder  Selachimorpha
Higher classification  Lamniformes
Order  Lamniformes
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Lower classifications  Otodus, Cretolamna, Carcharocles chubutensis, Megaselachus

Otodontidae is an extinct family of sharks, belonging to the order Lamniformes. They lived from the Late Cretaceous to the Pleistocene, and included genera such as Carcharocles and Otodus. There is the possibility that if the Carcharocles sharks derived from Otodus, then Cretolamna would belong in this group. Some species of odontids reached huge sizes, including the possible member megalodon. Recent studies the newly described genus Megalolamna indicate that the members of the genus Carcharocles should be reclassified as members of the Otodus genus.

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Otodontidae Wikipedia


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