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PATHOLOGICALLY DEFORMED 4 INCH TOP GRADE MEGALODON FOSSIL SHARK TOOTH

Beaufort - South Carolina, U.S.A.

MIOCENE to PLIOCENE PERIOD:  23.3 - 1.81 million years ago

This choice grade fossil shark tooth is from the jaws of a huge Megalodon shark!  This spectacular specimen is loaded with so many features desired by advanced Megalodon tooth collectors.  Teeth like these are getting certainly harder to come by in today's market.  Current and increasing future demand will never be satisfied by the dwindling numbers of the truly premium grade and aesthetic fossil Megalodon shark teeth, hence their constantly increasing prices each year. 

This is a type of tooth sought after by some collectors.  It shows some pathological deformities in its offset, crooked tip, irregularly aligned serrations and rippled serrations on one side near the base where the cutting edge meets the root.  Pathological Megalodon teeth carry a premium in price and despite this, often they are in poor condition otherwise.  This tooth shows some deformed features but also is of a highly aesthetic quality that exceeds most teeth.  It has beautiful chatoyant steel blue-gray enamel displaying a natural high luster.  Serrations and tip are intact and super crisp with no missing serrated portions of the crown at the base of the tooth where it meets the root.  Often, teeth have broken corners in this region.  The bizarre serrations have very light natural feeding wear incurred when this monster shark was alive, but the tooth's overall beauty trumps these aspects.  Complete black bourlette is a nice compliment and a black full root is well-preserved and intact.  This tooth would have come from the upper jaw of a giant Megalodon shark.  The lower teeth served to hold the Megalodon's prey while the upper teeth closed down and sheared huge chunks of flesh off.  This specimen has NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION. 

Megalodon teeth found in rivers are almost always heavily eroded and worn from the high energy environment in which they were subjected to.  They usually have dull, sand-blasted enamel, peeling back from the core.  The roots are often damaged and the color is often drab.  This tooth is an uncommon find and much nicer than typically found.  While we strictly avoid teeth with restoration or repair, Caveat emptor with some dealers' inventories as Megalodon teeth in the larger sizes are increasingly being subjected to SOME repair or restoration.  Unlike all other types of fossils, ANY repair or restoration to Megalodon teeth DRAMATICALLY LOWER THE VALUE!


At a length of 52 feet and weighing in excess of 60 tons, Carcharocles 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 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.  Fossil teeth have been found in excess of 7 inches in length!  Megalodon teeth are similar in geometry to the modern White Shark and scientists are still passionately divided on the origin of the two species and if megalodon is related to the modern white shark.  It is also not fully understood why this giant killer became extinct but we can all be glad it is.  A day at the beach just wouldn't be what it is today!

 

 

 

 

MEGALODON TEETH WITH PATHOLOGY CARRY A PREMIUM IN PRICE DUE TO THEIR BIZARRE FEATURES AND THIS WITH SUPERB PRESERVATION

4" in length on the diagonal edge

$495     SH6-162     INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX     Actual Item - One Only

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