3/4 Megalodon Sharks Tooth, Miocene/Pliocene 8cm
Although incomplete this 3/4 Megalodon Tooth, is still in good condition. This tooth measures 8cm from the tip, to the centre of the root, (not the tip). It is still sharp with excellently preserved serrations. Because sharks don’t have bones, only cartilage, it is generally only fossilised teeth that are found. The teeth of the megalogon shark are exceptionally robust. These teeth were perfect for grabbing prey and cutting through and breaking bone.
Megalodon sharks have been extinct for over 3 million years. The megalodon shark preferred warmer water, with the juveniles inhabiting warm coastal areas. The cooling the sea temperatures, brought on by the ice-ages, led to their eventual decline and extinction over 3 million years ago. Megalodon Sharks are considered to be one of the largest and powerful predators that have ever lived. It is thought that the largest megalodon sharks grew up to 15-18 metres. These huge sharks would have had jaws 3 metres wide.
The Great White Shark that is alive today grows to only a third of the size of the megalodon shark. There is still an ongoing debate as to whether the great white shark have evolved from the megalodon shark.