North America, Savannah River bordering South Carolina and Georgia, dating between 28 million and 1.5 million years old. A pair of large and gorgeous megalodon fossil teeth with gray enamel and black roots. Size: larger tooth measures 5" L x 4.375" W (12.7 cm x 11.1 cm)
Megalodon (Carcharodon megalodon, literally "big tooth"), thought to have become extinct 1.6 million years ago, is the largest known member of the shark family. Fossil reconstructions suggest Megalodon reached lengths up to 54 feet, three times larger than Great Whites. Megalodons seem to have preferred shallow, coastal waters, which would have been full of prey, and their teeth are often found along coastlines in those areas. Prior to 1666, when naturalist Nicolaus Steno studied shark teeth and realized the error, people believed that these teeth were moon rocks or dragon's tongues. Megalodon teeth are all that remain of these ancient creatures, whose skeletal structures - like those of all sharks - were made of cartilage and did not fossilize. A megalodon's age at death can be determined by the growth rings radiating from the centra of the tooth.
Provenance: Ex-Private Orange, County CA collection acquired between 1990 and 1995
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