Where do our Megalodon teeth come from?

Megalodon was a massive prehistoric shark that lived during the Mioece epoch (23 to 9 million years ago) and measured up to an estimated 67 feet long. More impressive than its size, however, was its rangeMegalodon fossil have been found on every continent except Antarctica today!

While their teeth are found globally, Fossil Hoard's Megalodon teeth come from the southeastern United States.

Megalodon Size comparison chart
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How we get our teeth:

The Megalodon tooth fossils we stock come directly from the source—divers who search along the riverbeds and shorelines of the American southeast, particularly in states like Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Our main diver searches the bottom of "dark water" rivers, named as such due to high levels of sediment that makes the water very murky. Though visibility can be so poor that one must search for fossils by touch instead of sight, diving in environments like these can yield incredibly unique specimens.

Why are Megalodon teeth such common finds?

Megalodon tooth next to modern great white teeth
A Megalodon tooth next to modern Great White teeth. (Source: wikimedia.org)

Sharks are known for dropping thousands of teeth throughout their lives, and Megalodon was no exception. Their teeth were replaced often in order to keep them sharp for hunting prey. After each bite, the teeth were put under incredible force—many broke or experienced damage as a result.

Megalodon tooth next to modern great white teeth
A Megalodon tooth next to modern Great White teeth. (Source: wikimedia.org)

Additionally, their teeth naturally fossilized well due to their density. This, combined with the sheer amount dropped by Megalodons, makes them very common finds today.

Still, complete Megalodon tooth fossils are uncommon—as are larger teeth that approach 6 inches in length. Smaller, fragmented teeth make up the bulk of Megalodon fossils, so prices tend to increase depending on the size and completeness of the tooth.

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