8cm Megalodon Sharks Tooth


8cm Megalodon Sharks Tooth, otodus megalodon

Miocene/Pliocene Period;  5-20 million years old, Location, Florida, USA

Size; from centre of root  8cm x 9.5 cm. Weight; 216gm.  Ref No F174



8cm Megalodon Sharks Tooth, otodus megalodon

Although incomplete this 8cm Megalodon Sharks Tooth, is gigantic, in good condition, and sharp. This tooth measures 8cm from the tip, to the centre of the root, (not the tip of the root). If complete this Megalodon Tooth would have been in the region of 12cm to 14cm. This indicates it would have been an exceptionally large creature, teeth this size are very rare.

Megalodon sharks have been extinct for over 3 million years. The actual name Megalodon fittingly means ‘Big Tooth’.  The megalodon shark preferred warmer water, with the juveniles inhabiting warm coastal areas. Current thinking suggests that cooling sea temperatures, brought on by the ice-ages, together with the lack of prey led to their eventual decline and extinction. Megalodon Sharks are considered to be one of the largest and powerful predators that have ever lived. The largest megalodon sharks grew up to 15-18 metres long with jaws up to 3 metres wide. 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 also cutting through and breaking bone.

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.

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