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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering a home school class “Mega-Shark” for ages 7-11 starting Oct. 15. Participants will investigate interdisciplinary principles of paleontology, marine biology and ichthyology in a search for the largest shark that ever lived, the 60-foot-long Megalodon.

Pre-registration for the four-day home school session is required. The cost is $72 for Florida Museum members and $86 for non-members. Classes run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5. For more information call (352) 846-2000, ext. 248.

This class complements the Florida Museum’s temporary exhibit “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived,” on display now through Jan. 6, 2008. Visitors enter the exhibit through the jaws of a full-size 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture and learn about this shark’s life history and the world it inhabited. The exhibit explores the evolution, biology and misconceptions about giant prehistoric sharks. Related to modern great white and mako sharks, Megalodon lived worldwide before vanishing 2 million years ago. The exhibition showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models.

Writer: Christine Eschenfelder
Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 273-2054,