This catalog contains quality large teeth from the Big-tooth or Broad-tooth “Mako” shark are noted for their wide, unserrrated triangular crowns and large rectangular roots. These teeth exhibit tan, orange, pink, gray or blue colored crowns with tan to mahogany-red roots. They are very showy, making them an excellent addition to your Mako shark tooth collection. These are top quality Mako teeth from Chile. No repair in this group!
What’s in a name? For the fifty years, Isurus hastalis was known to me and others as the Big-tooth Mako shark tooth that collectors sought from Miocene – Pliocene deposits. Everyone wanted to find a big Mako tooth. In 2001, Purdy (Smithsonsian) resurrected Isurus xiphodon for the broad-form Mako teeth at Lee Creek. It made sense, but now it is not considered a valid species. In 1964, Glikman proposed the Cosmopolitodus genus for the "hastalis" shark as Isurus hastalis was related to the Great White shark rather than the Mako. This convention was not adopted in the scientific community until the last decade; particularly with the naming of the Carcharodon hubbelli, the Great White transition tooth (late Miocene). There is also a push to rename the shark formerly known as Isurus hastalis to Carcharodon hastalis recognizing that it is an early form of the Great White shark. Ok, Isurus hastalis and Isurus xiphodon names going away, but the future name for "hastlis" appears to be unsettled. What do we call this shark if it is not a Mako? More to come in my Blog article.
This is one of the best groups of Chilean Broad-tooth "Mako" teeth that you will see with an excellent color selection. These teeth are from 15+ year old stashed inventory from the good old days. There are not too many left. Note - Chilean Mako teeth were actually less abundant than the Great White shark teeth. The top quality teeth are impossible to locate!
Note - all teeth sizes are slant height unless otherwise noted.