The media campaign lead to headlines that were not content with calling the fossil a missing link but simply “THE link” or “the eighth wonder of the world.”
It looks a bit like a tadpole with body and tail, and this indeed points towards one of the great scientific controversies of the 20th century.
On the morning of July 19, 2001, French scientist Alain Beauvilain and three Chadian colleagues discovered a fossil cranium in the dunes of the Sahara Desert.
Paleontology sometimes seems like a kind of imaginative Rorschach test with the flattened fauna of roadkill.
Megalodon was a specialized apex predator and fed mainly on large baleen whales.