Fossilised Sharks Tooth 7cm


Fossilised Sharks Tooth in Matrix, Eocene, approx. 50 million years old.

Location; Kem Kem Beds, Morocco
Size overall 11 cms x 10 , size of tooth 7cms longest point
Weight; 575gms.                      Ref No F143



Fossilised Sharks Tooth 7cm otodus obliquus in matrix, (composite)

A  fossilised sharks tooth 7cm otodus obliquus (mackerel shark) in matrix. This large 7cm sharks tooth has been set into the matrix and it is therefore a composite. It has been very skilfully done however, and this is not at all obvious. By being set in matrix it is protected and it is much easier to display.

The Mackerel Shark existed approximately fifty to sixty million years ago during the Eocene period. The term ‘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, and grew up to 9 metres long. 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. 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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