A rare, colorful GEM Chubutensis tooth from So. Carolina. A March Fossil of the Month.An exceptional Tan, Brown & Red colored tooth. Highest quality enamel. The bourlette is large with a two-tone brown color and 95% complete. Fantastic color! The serrations are extra large, razor sharp and essentially complete (small damage to one) with a large tip serration. The side cusps are extra large and fully serrated. Incredible serrations! The root is complete and nicely articulated with one hydration crack. 100% natural. NO restoration or repair! Note - The root ends exhibit grooves. Definitely a Miocene tooth. An extraordinary collector's color Chubutensis tooth from So. Carolina. Authenticity guaranteed. A gorgeous Chub tooth!
Carcharocles chubutensis or Chubutensis is the extinct ancestor of the Megalodon shark.The Chubutensis evolved in the late Oligocene disappeared by the late Miocene. Chubutensis teeth have the last sign of side cusps and they appear as small serrated bumps at the base of the crown.
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 Pliocene age from the Hawthorne Formation.