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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Classis: Chondrichthyes
Subclassis: Elasmobranchii
Infraclassis: Euselachii
Division/Cohort: Neoselachii
Subdivision/Subcohort: Selachii
Superordo: Galeomorphii
Ordo: Lamniformes

Familia: †Otodontidae
Genera: †Carcharocles – †Cretalamna – †Kenolamna – ?†Megalodon – †Otodus

†Otodontidae Glikman, 1964

Type genus: †Otodus Agassiz, 1843


Glikman, L.S. 1964. Akuly paleogena i ich stratigrafičeskoe značenie (Sharks of Paleogene and their stratigraphic significance). Nauka, Moskva. 229 pp., 76 fig., 31 pl. Reference page.

Otodontidae is an extinct family of sharks belonging to the order Lamniformes. Its members have been described as megatoothed sharks.[1][2] They lived from the Early Cretaceous to the Pliocene, and included genera such as Carcharocles and Otodus, including the giant megalodon.[3] Recent studies of the newly described genus Megalolamna indicate that the members of the genus Carcharocles should be reclassified as members of the genus Otodus.[4] The genus Cretalamna which lived from the mid-Cretaceous-Paleogene is believed to be directly ancestral to Otodus, and thus to megalodon.[5]

"Mega-toothed Shark". Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
Cartier, Kimberly M.S. (2018-12-11). "Extinct Megatoothed Shark May Have Been Warm-Blooded". Eos. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
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.
Large prehistoric shark
Jun A. Ebersole; Dana J. Ehret (2018). "A new species of Cretalamna sensu stricto (Lamniformes, Otodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Santonian-Campanian) of Alabama, USA". PeerJ. 6 (e4229): e4229. doi:10.7717/peerj.4229. PMC 5764036. PMID 29333348.

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