A very rare, Top Quality Edestus minor shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Exceptional preservation with excellent serrations. Note - the base of this crown is covered with pyrite! The Edestus shark would have an upper and lower tooth whorl that are vertically opposed. Research showed that they could use their opposing teeth in a scissor-like motion to cut prey. It is the first animal to cut vertically. A very strange looking and unique acting shark. Shark recreation image is credited to Julio Lacerdo. These rare teeth are Pennsylvanian age from Illinois. No repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed. Edestus minor teeth are more challenging to find.
I012 SIZE: 1-1/8" (2-5/8" root)
Adding 15 Edestus shark specimens in August 2020. Link to Edestus shark.