Carcharocles megalodon

SKU
LC008
In stock
$2,150.00
Overview

A TOP QUALITY, ~5-1/2" Classic Lee Creek Megalodon tooth. A monster sized lower jaw ANTERIOR tooth, and another February Fossil of the Month. This Megalodon has an incredible golden tan colored crown with an excellent tan bourlette which is  complete. Highest quality enamel with some hydration cracking. Exceptional golden tan & white color! The bourlette is excellent and near perfect. The serrations are razor sharp with an excellent tip serration. Excellent serrations for a BIG Meg. The root is an incredible white color with essentially no hydration cracks and absolutely huge  & complete. The root measures 1-3/4" thick. One of the largest roots that I have seen! This Megalodon was found in the Yorktown Formation, Lee Creek mine, NC (Pliocene age = 4.5 MYA).  One of the finest examples of a classic Lee Creek lower jaw anterior Megalodon tooth considering the shape, color, and preservation. An exceptional collector's tooth from the old days at Lee Creek mine! Museum Quality Megalodon. Absolutely NO repair or restoration. Authenticity guaranteed. You don't see these BIG lowers very often...

LC008            Size: 5-7/16"   (1-3/4" Thick Root)

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.

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Size5-7/16"
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