Carcharocles megalodon

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SC031
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A Quality, Large Megalodon - upper jaw anterior tooth from So. Carolina. High quality enamel - very glossy! An excellent, large black bourlette which is essentially complete. Very sharp serrations with a good tip serration. The root is a brown colored, extra wide, and complete. No repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed. An excellent, extra wide collector's Megalodon tooth!

SC031        Size: 4-7/16"

Carcharocles megalodon or Megalodon was the largest and most powerful shark that ever lived. It ruled the seas from the early Miocene to the end of the Pliocene some 20 to 3 million years ago. It is believed that the Megalodon shark reached lengths of 60 feet and it possessed large, heavy triangular teeth which are fully serrated. These large teeth plus the highest estimated bite force of any animal (up to 180,000 newtons) allowed the Megalodon to bite through massive prey. The diet of an adult Megalodon consisted of whales and other large marine mammals.

Megalodon teeth can exceed 7" in length; however, very few teeth of that size have been found. Today, only the teeth and a possibly a few vertebrae remain from the massive predator. Megalodon teeth come is a variety of size, color and condition. Top quality teeth are comparatively rare and can be quite expensive. Also due to the higher value of complete and undamaged teeth, damaged Megalodon teeth will be repaired and restored. These teeth will be far less valuable, and their repaired condition should be made known to any buyer. We rarely will offer a repaired tooth, and if we do it will be clearly marked.

South Carolina – The So. Carolina Megalodon teeth are nearly all sourced from the low country rivers of coastal So. Carolina. The most prolific rivers are located in the Charleston area to the Georgia border. These teeth are found at the river bottoms with swift currents and also no visibility. Not an activity for the casual diver. Add to that the occasional encounter with a Bull shark, alligator or sting ray. Teeth can be Miocene and Pilocene age from the Hawthorne Formation.

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