This listing is for the EXACT TOOTH shown in the photos above! It measures 4.92 inches from root to tip.
Aside from some cracks along the edge of the enamel and a small portion of the root missing, this large Megalodon tooth is almost complete!
Though this fossil has been cleaned, no restoration work has been done. It looks exactly as it did when it was pulled from the riverbank, minus a few barnacles and other encrustations.
Size: 4.92 inches
Includes acrylic display stand and Certificate of Authenticity.
What was Megalodon?
Megalodon were ancient sharks that lived 23 to 9 million years ago during the Miocene epoch. With maximum length estimates of 67 feet, they were easily the world's biggest sharks. Megalodon ruled the seas with their highly adapted jaws and teeth, perfect for catching prey. They also shed their teeth periodically, so that they would always have sharp ones to catch their dinner with. After each bite, the teeth were put under incredible force—many broke or experienced damage as a result. This is why most megalodon teeth that are found are discovered in a broken state. Because a single Megalodon could shed thousands of teeth in its lifetime, Megalodon teeth are a fairly common fossil today.
Megalodon teeth were perfect for fossilization due to their density and popularity. However, the rest of megalodon in life were made up of mostly cartilage and flesh, which are not great at fossilizing. As a result, not much is definitively known about what megalodon actually looked like—therefore, most size estimates come from comparisons of full Megalodon teeth and modern relatives to megalodon.
Each purchase includes an acrylic display stand and an informational card about the fossil.