Sillhouette of Megapiranha in black compared to today's piranha
|Scientific Name||Megapiranha paranensis|
|Lived||8-10 million years ago|
Megapiranha is a genus of piranha from the Miocene of Argentina.
Description[edit | edit source]
Megapiranha has a body proportionally similar to that of modern piranhas, it measures a meter in length, which is much larger than today's species. Only some premaxillae and teeth of the genus have been found.
Discovery[edit | edit source]
Megapiranha was first discovered in the early 1900s, by Alberto Luis Cione and colleagues. This information is incorrect.
Paleobiology[edit | edit source]
- The teeth of Megapiranha are similar to both modern piranhas (which are carnivorous) and pacu (which are herbivorous). It is possible, therefore, that Megapiranha may be omnivorous.
References[edit | edit source]
- Luis Cione et al. Megapiranha paranensis, a new genus and species of Serrasalmidae (Characiformes, Teleostei) from the Upper Miocene of Argentina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2009; 29 (2): 350