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Temporal range: Late Eocene-Late Pliocene
35–5 Ma
Megalodon shark jaws museum of natural history 068.jpg
Model of the jaws of C. megalodon at the American Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Otodontidae
Genus: Carcharocles
Jordan 1923
Type species
Carcharocles auriculatus
Jordan 1923

Carcharocles is an extinct genus of sharks, belonging to the order Lamniformes.[1] They lived from the Late Eocene to the Late Pliocene. The genus usually includes Megalodon, however some taxonomic authorities place it in other genera. Some authors consider the genus a subgenus of Otodus.[2]



  1. ^ Joseph S. Nelson (2006). "Order Lamniformes". Fishes of the World (4th ed.). John Wiley and Sons. pp. 57–60. ISBN 978-0-471-25031-9.
  2. ^ Otodus (Carcharocles) at

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