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MEGALODON FOSSIL SHARK TEETH

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Megalodon

"Big Tooth"

EARLY MIOCENE to EARLY PLEISTOCENE PERIOD:  20 million years ago to 1.6 million years ago

Imagine swimming in the water and suddenly without warning, being slammed by something as big as a Greyhound bus... but this bus is different.  It has teeth the size of dinner plates and can swallow a full-grown horse in one gulp.  Second only to the sperm whale as the largest ocean predator that ever lived, no sea creature could have ever been more dangerous than the infamous and (fortunately) extinct MEGALODON shark.

There are two schools of thought, both with excellent arguments, that attribute this monster shark to different lineages.  The original name was Carcharodon megalodon and a latter theory has renamed the shark to Carcharocles megalodon.

From the Miocene Period 20 million years ago to the Plio-Pleistocene Period 1.6 million years ago, the ancient seas were terrorized by this beast.  It is estimated that Megalodon could have easily reached 60 feet in length and weighed over 52 tons.  Some researchers have stated lengths could have attained up to 80 feet!  Fossil teeth have been found that exceed 7 inches in length.  No one knows exactly what a Megalodon shark looked like but from the shape and structure of the teeth, it is most likely that the appearance was similar to a stocky Great White shark times six!  Megalodon was the second largest predator that ever existed on this planet, the largest being the sperm whale.  Megalodon was larger and heavier than T. rex.  Scientific reconstructions of this shark estimate the dorsal fin 5.5 feet tall, the pectoral fins at 10 feet in length and the tail over 12 feet high.  If you were unfortunate enough to have a Megalodon shark swim over you, the pectoral fins would measure 30 feet from tip to tip with a torso in excess of 10 feet thick!  The jaws were so large that this shark would be able to swallow a Rhinoceros whole.  A predator this size would have most likely fed on large marine vertebrates, especially whales.

Much has yet to be discovered about this giant killer including the reason for its extinction.  Some have theorized that such a large shark must have needed equally large prey to sustain itself, namely large whales.  As the ocean environments dramatically fluctuated with glacier and tectonic activity, large areas of ideal habitat were affected and even eliminated.  Megalodon's food source changed because of this and the combination of these factors adversely affected the ability for such a massive predator to survive.

Fossil teeth of the Megalodon shark are of special interest to collectors.  The finest grade Megalodon teeth are some of the most promising investment fossils.  Their demand continues to grow strongly and the few regions that such quality teeth are found are now either off-limits to public collecting or have been heavily collected out over the past decade to feed such demand in the market.

Megalodon teeth in the highest Grade 10 categories are the rarest and foster incredible collector demand far in excess of their availability.  Even amongst dealers, many dealers personally collect teeth and usually keep the best specimens they acquire, selling off the more common ones for prices substantially less than the "best" teeth they personally keep.  

Unlike nearly every other Megalodon shark tooth dealer, we sell EVERY tooth we acquire and our primary focus over the years has been to stick with only the best and most unique Megalodon teeth.  These teeth come at a price, though, and every year, they go up.  The most subtle attractive features, unique coloration, etc., can radically up the value.  If you want the best or most unusual, the premium price is well worth it and what seems like a full price today will be an unbeatable bargain tomorrow as the market continues to escalate for the premium Megalodon teeth.  

Lastly and most important, AVOID any teeth with restoration or repair if you want a specimen that will appreciate.  Unlike all other types of fossils, Megalodon teeth with ANY (even the slightest!) repair or restoration should and will sell FOR A FRACTION of the exact same tooth without such enhancements.  Teeth without ANY trace of restoration or repair are WORTH MUCH MORE the price of teeth with such work performed.  More and more, we are seeing teeth around 5 inches having some restoration and this is becoming a big problem with teeth over the 5 inch size class.  The nature of restoration that is done is of very high quality and can go unnoticed without a trained eye and close examination.  Caveat emptor!  As a rule, Paleo Direct, Inc. does NOT sell any Megalodon teeth with repair or restoration.  We avoid such teeth and suggest you do the same and purchase a natural tooth within your budget rather than a large specimen that has been "doctored up".



Misspellings:  Megaludon, Megladon, Megoladan, Meglodan, Meglodon, Charcarodon, Charcarocles, Megalodont

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