MONSTROUS INTACT FOSSIL SPERM WHALE VERTEBRA
WITH MEGALODON SHARK BITES
FROM THE MIOCENE / PLIOCENE PERIOD
Undisclosed River - South Carolina, U.S.A.
TO PLIOCENE PERIOD: 23.3 - 1.81 million years ago
This is an
EXTREMELY RARE, MONSTER-SIZED Sperm Whale (Physeter
sp.) fossil vertebra - one of the nicest, large prehistoric whale
vertebra we have handled. Its size and proximity to associated
Sperm whale teeth and Megalodon shark teeth leave no doubt this came
from the largest predatory whale of this period. The Megalodon
shark and Sperm whales were THE apex predators of this period and both
competed for food as well as served as each others' food source when
possible. The image of two powerful killing machines larger than
passenger buses fighting and tearing at each other underwater must have
been an absolutely incredible battle to witness! The sheer size of
this thoracic vertebra and its Megalodon bite marks give us a glimpse of
the size of these killers.
well-preserved, giant fossil whale vertebra of this size is
EXTREMELY UNCOMMON due to the fact
that most were preyed upon by large sharks such as Megalodon and
scavenged by smaller meat-eaters when they died in prehistory.
Furthermore, the porous nature of the bones makes them more susceptible
to decomposition and disintegration over time, rather than
fossilization. Prehistoric whale bone fossils are most often found
incomplete and fragmented, at best. In most cases, when bones are
found in groups, they are often accompanied by Megalodon teeth
indicating they were an important food source for the massive Megalodon
shark. Large toothed whales like the Sperm whale were prime
victims of the Megalodon shark. The Sperm whale is and was the largest of all the toothed whales
males attaining 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. In prehistory during the Miocene / Pliocene
periods, no marine animal grew larger than the Megalodon shark and
certain toothed whales such as the Sperm Whale.
Fossil whale vertebrae like this example are not common and are seldom
found with such nice surface detail, a complete, intact centrum without
the typical saltwater and marine life erosion and destruction.
This is a rare specimen in that it has a complete centrum and parts of
bases of the transverse processes as well as an UNBROKEN spinal cord
cavity and base to the dorsal process. We cleaned this specimen in
our lab but left some of the barnacles attached in the nerve cord
cavity, a testament to its saltwater provenance. The specimen came from a deposit rich in
fossil shark teeth of several species including Megalodon and Great
White sharks and this fact plus its deep brown hue that runs through the
bone is a testament to its prehistoric origin. Despite our
operations being centered in the heart of "fossil diver country",
examples like this are scarce. This fossil
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
shark. This specimen
is far nicer than normally seen deserves a place in the finest fossil
collection. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FOSSIL
WHALE VERTEBRA AND WITH MEGALODON BITES!
Intact with NO REPAIR and NO RESTORATION.
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
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.
GIANT FOSSIL WHALE VERTEBRA WE HAVE EVER SEEN AND....
WITH MEGALODON SHARK BITE MARKS!!!!
INCREDIBLY IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY PIECE
ALONGSIDE MEGALODON TEETH
MEGALODON AND SPERM WHALES WERE THE LARGEST APEX PREDATORS OF THIS
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