Hey girls! So I just found out about this new fossil scientists recently discovered…and it’s pretty scary! It’s called the megapiranha, and it is a three foot long ancestor of the modern day piranha.
Normal piranhas are pretty scary animals—they have really sharp teeth, are known for their love of eating meat and are about 6 to 10 inches long. But imagine how scary these animals would be if they were four times that size! Luckily, megapiranhas have long been extinct and lived about 8 million to 10 million years ago.
This new fossil isn’t just an interesting discovery, though. It actually helps scientists fill in an evolutionary gap between the modern day piranha and it’s less-scary, plant-eating cousin, the pacu. Fossil discoveries like the megapiranha are awesome because they allow scientists to know how different species of animals evolved from others to become what they are today. Although megapiranhas are no longer around, their descendants still are. Don’t worry too much about them, though. Piranhas only live in the fresh waters of South America, including the Amazon River. And although there are stories about piranhas attacking humans, all of those are purely legends, as there have been no documented deaths from piranha attacks. Instead, piranhas usually eat worms and small fish. But if the megapiranhas were around today, maybe those legends would have some truth to them!
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