Fossilised otodus megalodon Tooth


Fossilised otodus megalodon Tooth 6.5cm long 

Miocene/Pliocene Period;  5-20 million years old

Near complete  Size, Length; 6.5 cms. Width; 5.8cms

Weight; 70gm.           Ref; F115







Fossilised otodus megalodon Tooth 6.5cm long 

This large fossilised otodus megalodon tooth is 6.5cm is in excellent condition, almost perfect. The enamel and serrations are especially well preserved in this exquisite specimen. This is a tooth that has come from a big shark, a ferocious and fearless creature. This fossilised tooth dates back to the miocene/pliocene period  between 5-20 millions of years ago.

Megalodon sharks have been extinct for over 3 million years. The actual name Megalodon fittingly means ‘Big Tooth’. The megalodon shark was a species that preferred warmer water, with the juveniles inhabiting warm coastal areas. Current thinking suggests that cooling sea temperatures, brought on by the ice-ages, combined  with the lack of prey led to their eventual decline and extinction. Megalodon Sharks are almost certainly one of the largest and powerful predators that have swam in our seas. The largest megalodon sharks would have grown up to 15-18 metres long with jaws 3 metres wide. Because sharks don’t have bones, only cartilage, it is generally only the teeth that occur as fossils. 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 directly from the megalodon shark.

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