This listing is for the EXACT TOOTH shown in the photos above! Check the title for the size of this specific tooth.
This Megalodon tooth is missing most of its root, but the rest of the tooth is in excellent shape. The enamel shows very little signs of wear and the serrations are very visible. The darker coloration is also unusual among Indonesian Megalodon teeth.
Though this fossil has been cleaned, no major restoration work has been done. It looks mostly like it did when it was pulled from the ground, minus some small pieces that may have been glued back on as well as some polishing.
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.