5.1 INCH GOLD AND BROWN MEGALODON TOOTH FROM VIRGINIA
Undisclosed River, Virginia, U.S.A.
to PLIOCENE PERIOD: 23.3 - 1.81 million years ago
massive Megalodon shark is one of the largest and most fearsome
predators that ever existed in the ancient seas. Owning a genuine,
fine quality tooth from these terrible creatures of prehistory is the
pride of many collectors. This fine quality tooth came from the
famous shark known scientifically as
- the largest and deadliest
shark that ever lived!
is a RARE GOLD COLOR AND LARGE Megalodon tooth from a unique locale.
You seldom see Megalodon teeth from Virginia compared to other more
common sources further south in the U.S. like South Carolina, Georgia or
Florida. The condition of the serrations and blade show extensive
natural feeding wear from when the shark was alive but
despite lacking serrations, the entire tooth is present with a color
combination and root that overshadows this fault. Advanced
collectors tend to gravitate to teeth that show excellent serrations and
tip but when the tooth is exceptionally large or displays unusually
beautiful colors, collectors are equally appreciative of such teeth.
One example of this is teeth from the Bone Valley Formation in Central
Florida, USA which show beautiful colors but are typically small and
this tooth here, you have BOTH, enamel and root colors that are really
beautiful AND a tooth of substantial size. EXCEEDING 5 inches,
this tooth is past the FIVE
INCH magic mark for Megalodon teeth. Anyone that collects Megalodon
teeth knows that prices ramp up dramatically for teeth at this size mark
similar to the popularity of "1 carat" when it comes to diamonds.
In light of the
feeding wear, it does not show any major gashes to the blade edges,
broken and missing blade edge where it meets the root. Bourlette
is chocolate brown with enamel erosion above its top edge but no areas
of enamel peel and separation from the core. Root shows erosion to
the lower lobes but is very solid and an attractive golden brown. This specimen has absolutely
REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
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 almost always
the boring, common black.
While we strictly avoid teeth with restoration, 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,
repair or restoration to Megalodon teeth
DRAMATICALLY LOWER THE
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!
BEAUTIFUL AND AFFORDABLE
TOOTH OF RARE COLOR AND SUBSTANTIAL SIZE AT 5.1 INCHES WITH NO
REPAIR OR RESTORATION
5.1" in length on the diagonal
INCLUDES DISPLAY BOX
Actual Item - One Only