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Shark breakthrough: Scientists stunned by prehistoric great white discovery in Chile

The great white is a species of large mackerel shark renowned for its daunting size, with some growing up to 20 feet in length – but most are much smaller. The earliest known fossils of the great white shark are about 16 million years old, meaning they date back to the mid-Miocene epoch, and researchers argue its origins could be linked to the fall of the Megalodon some four million years ago. But scientists still know very little about the elusive creatures, and they are keen to understand more about how they have changed over the years.

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