Ancient Small Megalodon Shark Tooth
Age: 16 - 1.6 Million Years Old
Found near Charleston, SC
Measures roguhly 5cm
The megalodon, meaning "big tooth," was a prehistoric shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Cenozoic Era. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful predators to have ever existed. Megalodon's teeth are among its most famous and remarkable features. These teeth provide valuable insights into the anatomy and behavior of this ancient giant.
Megalodon teeth are enormous, measuring up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) in length, although some rare specimens have been found to be even larger. These teeth are thick, robust, and triangular in shape, with a serrated edge that aided in capturing and slicing through its prey. Their size and structure suggest that megalodons were highly efficient hunters, capable of taking down large marine creatures, including whales.
The teeth of megalodons have played a crucial role in our understanding of their existence. Fossilized teeth have been discovered worldwide, often in sedimentary deposits close to coastal areas. These teeth are primarily composed of calcium phosphate, which has allowed them to survive and be preserved over millions of years. By studying the size and condition of these teeth, scientists have been able to estimate the size and behavior of megalodons, as well as their evolutionary history.
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SKU: Small Meg Tooth (SMT2)