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SUPER RARE COMPLETE 7 INCH SPERM WHALE TOOTH WITH ROOT

St. Mary's River - Georgia, U.S.A.

MIOCENE TO PLIOCENE PERIOD:  23.3 - 1.81 million years ago

Resembling nothing less spectacular than a massive Tyrannosaurus rex tooth with root, this giant and complete tooth from the largest (and only surviving today) of the prehistoric Sperm Whales, Physeter macrocephalus dates back to the Miocene/ Pliocene Period.  Like T. rex, the Sperm Whale ruled the ancient seas and shared the title of "king" with the Megalodon Shark during its day.  Today, they have no rival.  The Sperm whale is and was the largest of all the toothed whales and males can grow to lengths in excess of 60 feet.  The male Sperm whale is THE largest predator living in the sea today.  They are truly the kings of the ocean realm.

As the finest and most impressive fossil Sperm whale tooth we have ever offered or handled, this specimen is a must for a display of fossil apex predators!  This massive tooth is magic to handle.  Its heavy weight, giant proportions and smooth, perfectly preserved surfaces are a treat to experience in person.  Crown is complete with only minor natural feeding wear on the back side.  Root is complete and solid as a rock!  Usually, when these teeth are found, they are in such horrible shape with broken or badly worn down crowns.  This specimen is the finest that one could hope for and would be a perfect candidate for a fossil casting company due to it rare degree of completeness and quality.  This specimen does not have a single break and was found whole!  A prize like this deserves a place in the finest fossil collections.  Visually impressive!  Intact with NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.  A specimen such as this is perfect to display alongside a Megalodon shark tooth collection as this creature would have shared the same waters and served as the main food source for the largest and most dangerous shark that ever lived, the MEGALODON shark. 

Whales, dolphins and porpoises make up the group of air-breathing marine mammals called CETACEANS.  This group is comprised of three sub-groups - the extinct ARCHAEOCETI, and two living types, the ODONTOCETI (toothed whales) and MYSTICETI (baleen whales).  All have a body structure that is highly adapted for their marine environment.  These features include paddle-like forelimbs, lack of external hind limbs, large tail for propulsion underwater, dorsally located nostrils for breathing just above the surface of the water, specialized ears for underwater hearing and a streamlined body profile for efficient hydrodynamic locomotion.  Odontocetes are more prevalent and varied than Mysticetes.  All of the smaller current living whales (porpoises, orcas, narwhals, pilots, etc.) and a few of the larger ones (Sperm Whale) are toothed (Odontocetes).  Mysticetes include the largest animal that ever lived on the earth, the Blue Whale.   

All cetaceans are carnivorous with a main diet consisting of fish, invertebrates and other marine mammals.  Many cetacean fossils are found in sediments alongside fossil shark teeth and other marine vertebrates but whale fossils are much less common compared to other marine vertebrate fossils of the same period and region and whale fossils are often found in fragments or show evidence of predation by prehistoric sharks, no doubt, cetaceans most feared enemy in their prehistoric past.  

SUPERB GRADE 10 MASSIVE TOOTH FROM THE KING OF THE SEAS - TODAY'S LARGEST PREDATOR!

PERFECT TO DISPLAY WITH MEGALODON TEETH - WHALES WERE MEGALODON'S #1 FOOD SOURCE!

7" in length along the curve

SOLD     MV21-018     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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