Edestus - Scissor Tooth Shark

Edestus - Scissor Tooth Shark

The Edestus heinrichi or Edestus minor, the Coal shark or scissor tooth shark, are two of the very rare Pennsylvanian age shark species found in an underground coal mines in Illinois. Each tooth exhibits a unique broad triangular crown with large serrations. The roots are also quite unique as they appear as long arms with the crown at the end. The roots would stack and interlock to form a "tooth whorl" as per the photo above. 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. Authenticity guaranteed.


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  1. Edestus minor               
    $115.00

    very rare Edestus minor shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Very good preservation with excellent serrations. 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.

    I014             SIZE: 7/8"

    Adding 15 Edestus shark specimens in April 2021.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  2. Edestus heinrichi
    $95.00

    very rare, Top Quality Edestus heinrichi shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Excellent preservation and serrations. 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. 

    I16             SIZE: 1"   (Root length 1-3/8")

    Adding 11 Edestus shark specimens in October 2021.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  3. Edestus heinrichi
    $95.00

    very rare, Quality Edestus heinrichi shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Good preservation and serrations. 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. 

    I09             SIZE: 1-1/2"   (Root 2-1/4")

    Adding 15 Edestus shark specimens in April 2021.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  4. Edestus heinrichi
    $75.00

    very rare, Top Quality Edestus heinrichi shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Very good preservation, serrations, and serration detail. Note - this tooth has a band of pyrite at the gum line. 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. 

    I17           SIZE:  1-1/8"   

    Adding 14 Edestus shark specimens in January 2023.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  5. Edestus heinrichi
    $60.00

    very rare, Top Quality Edestus heinrichi shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Good preservation, serrations, and serration detail. Note - this tooth has a band of pyrite at the gum line. 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. 

    I18           SIZE:  11/16"   

    Adding 14 Edestus shark specimens in January 2023.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  6. Edestus heinrichi
    $45.00

    very rare, Top Quality Edestus heinrichi shark tooth, from Herrin, Illinois. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Good preservation, serrations, and serration detail. 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. 

    I19             SIZE:  5/8"   (Root length 1-3/8")

    Adding 14 Edestus shark specimens in January 2023.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  7. Edestus heinrichi
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    An ultra rare, LARGE Top Quality Edestus heinrichi shark whorl with 7 big crowns, from Herrin, Illinois. An October Fossil of the Month. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Excellent preservation and serrations. This whorl is incredible teeth detail - the first 5 crowns are all natural and the the last two have some top repair. One of the finest whorls that I have had. 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. Note - Two crown tips were professionally retored. Authenticity guaranteed. Seven plus crown whorl sections are ultra rare!  The BEST.

    I01 BoP3         SIZE: 1-3/4" teeth   (Whorl :  10-1/4" length) 

    Adding 11 Edestus shark specimens in October 2021.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  8. Edestus heinrichi
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    An ultra rare, Top Quality EXTRA LARGE Edestus heinrichi shark whorl section with 4 big crowns, from Sparta, Illinois. An August Fossil of the Month. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Excellent preservation and serrations. Note - extra long root whorl section with 4 extra large crowns - very rare. 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. Four crown whorl sections are extremely rare! 

    I01  BoP           SIZE: 2" teeth   (Whorl  6")

    Adding 15 Edestus shark specimens in August 2020.    Link to Edestus shark.

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  9. Edestus heinrichi
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    An ultra rare, Top Quality EXTRA LARGE Edestus heinrichi shark whorl section with 3 big crowns, from Herrin, Illinois. An April Fossil of the Month. This is a Paleozoic shark that lived in swamps that our now underground coal deposits. Excellent preservation and serrations. Note - extra long root whorl section with 3 extra large crowns - very rare. 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. Note - Two crown tips were professionally retored. Authenticity guaranteed. Three crown whorl sections are rare! 

    I01 BoP2           SIZE: 1-3/4" teeth   (Whorl  7-1/4")

    Adding 15 Edestus shark specimens in April 2021.    Link to Edestus shark.

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