Fossilised Sharks Tooth 7.5cm


Fossilised Sharks tooth on original matrix, dating back to the Eocene period, 

Location; Morocco

Size, 11cm x 8cm x 6.5cm deep

Weight, 590gm.  Ref No F183



Fossilised Sharks Tooth 7.5cm (mackerel shark) otodus obliquus in original matrix 

This large fossilised Sharks Tooth measures 7.5cm from the tip to the end of the root. Like other species of shark their bodies were composed of cartilage as opposed to bone. Very few skeletal structures have been discovered, generally only fossilised teeth are found. This is a large tooth, still in its natural matrix and would look impressive as a display specimen.

The Mackerel Shark existed approximately fifty to sixty million years ago during the Eocene period. The name ‘Mackerel Shark’ refers to the shape of these sharks, not their diet. They were streamlined and ‘fish’ shaped and lived in open seas. The actual name ‘otodus’ derives from the Greek “ear shaped tooth.  These fed on large bony mammals, large fish and almost certainly other sharks. The largest of these sharks grew up to 9 metres long. The Mackerel Shark was one of the principle and most ferocious predators of its time. Although smaller than the Megalodon Shark, the otodus was still much larger than todays Great White Shark. There is an ongoing debate as to whether these sharks evolved into the even larger Megalodon Sharks.

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