A TOP QUALITY, CLASSIC Lee Creek Carcharocles chubutensis, a C. megalodon predecessor, from Aurora, No. Carolina. This tooth was found in the Pungo River Formation (middle Miocene age). Note the crown exhibits large cusplike bumps at the base of the serrated edge and the root ends also show grooves where the teeth interlocked. These are characteristic traits of the Lee Creek early Meg - C. chubutensis. A gorgeous light tan colored crown with an excellent hazel brown bourlette. Great serrations - only a few with partial damage. The root is tan with typical hydration cracks. Highest quality enamel! Excellent color! No repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed.
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.
Lee Creek - The Lee Creek phosphate mine in Aurora, No Carolina produces incredible Megalodon and Chubutensis teeth from the Miocene and Pliocene deposits. These teeth are known for their incredible color and near perfect condition. Unfortunately, collecting in the Lee Creek mine has been shut down to collectors since 2008. Today, teeth have to be sourced from old collections.