This Week In History, June 25 – July 1

Published June 30, 2017

Megalodon's extinction solved, Holocaust escapee takes on Jewish sexism, medieval sword unearthed, search for Amelia Earhart's body to begin, Salvador Dalí's body exhumed.

Scientists Finally Figure Out What Killed Off History’s Most Terrifying Shark

Megalodon Jaws

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesEnya Kim from the Natural History department at auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields stands inside an authentic set of megalodon jaws comprised of about 180 teeth in Las Vegas on September 30, 2009.

If you thought Jaws was scary, be grateful that you weren’t alive 2 million years ago, back when the megalodon shark ruled Earth’s waters.

One of the most frightening predators in history, these 60-foot creatures dominated the ocean food chain for more than 20 million years. Then, despite their seven-inch mega-teeth, they vanished.

For decades, scientists have only been able to speculate on what knocked out history’s largest shark (three times the size of today’s great whites). Now, they think they finally know.

Dig deeper here.

Woman Who Escaped Nazis Takes On Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sexism In Lawsuit, Wins

Orthodox Jews Plane Women

Mario Tama/Getty Images

In a growing trend, ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have been causing disruption on flights by refusing to be seated next to women.

They believe that even unintentional contact with a member of the opposite sex could be immodest.

On Wednesday, an Israeli court has ruled that a national airline’s policy of accommodating that religious concern is illegal — thanks to an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who sued for sexism.

Read more in this report.

Preserved Medieval Sword Pulled Out Of Polish Bog

Medieval Sword Bog

Fr. Stanislaw Staszic Museum

Don’t you hate it when you drop your sword into a swamp?

About 600 years ago, one knight apparently couldn’t have been bothered to retrieve his weapon when it fell into a peat-filled bog near Mircze, Poland.

The remarkably well-preserved sword was recently found by a construction worker, who donated the rare treasure to the local Stanislaw Staszic Museum.

See more here.

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