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RARE 3.25" LARGE FINE GRADE AURICULATUS SHARK TOOTH

Suwannee River - North Florida, U.S.A.

EOCENE PERIOD:  45 - 38 million years ago

C. auriculatus is now extinct and was the first killer shark in the lineage of extinct Great White Sharks.  It considered by some to be the first ancestor of the massive extinct killer shark - Megalodon.  Most noteworthy on the teeth of the auriculatus shark are the pronounced cusplets flanking the crown.  Fine grade teeth are very rare for this shark species and actually, far less abundant than most other prehistoric large sharks.

This is quite a rare offering and will likely be one of the finest and largest Auriculatus tooth we will EVER offer as it well in excess of the normal size for this species!!!  In comparing the rarity of the size of this tooth with the relativity of a Megalodon tooth, this specimen would be the equivalent of a Megalodon tooth in the 6.5 to 6.75 INCH class, the upper range in size for Megalodon teeth.  If you have ever looked at the quality and respective price of a Megalodon tooth in that size, you can easily spend well into several thousands of dollars for a tooth that still may have major cosmetic issues.  Fine grade Auriculatus fossil shark teeth OVER 3" are RARE and most collectors would be happy to have a tooth in this size class IN ANY CONDITION just for bragging.  Point being, what is rare about this amazing specimen is its SIZE and equally important, it IS COMPLETE WITH BOTH SIDE CUSPLETS INTACT AND HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED OR RESTORED and is as it was found!  

If you are shopping for a high grade Auriculatus tooth, make sure you look at the small side cusplets as often, these are broken and/or repaired.  This tooth has INTACT cusplets that have NOT been repaired or restored.  A definite collector grade auriculatus tooth, serrations are pronounced down the sides and BOTH side cusps are intact with minor feeding wear on one.  Serrations are very thick and robust with light natural feeding wear.  Original feeding wear on tip and without it, this tooth would be at least 3.5 inches long.  The worn tip is quite interesting, though, and indicates this tooth was subject to protracted use of countless kills and attacks when this MASSIVE SIZE AURICULATUS SHARK was alive over 38 million years ago.  Root is very dense and heavy and quite robust.  It is complete with a beautiful chocolate brown color - a perfect compliment to the liquid black enamel that is so wonderfully preserved on this investment grade specimen.  Guaranteed NO RESTORATION OR REPAIR.  VERY highly recommended for the advanced shark tooth collector.

If you are an experienced fossil shark tooth collector, you will already know what we are saying here.  To own a natural and intact Auriculatus tooth of this size and quality is definitely a specimen to brag about owning!

FINE QUALITY AURICULATUS TEETH IN ANY SIZE ARE RARE - ONE IN THIS SIZE CLASS THAT IS OF THIS QUALITY IS AN INVESTMENT TOOTH!

3.25" in length on the diagonal edge x 2.3" wide

SOLD     SH19-008     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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