MEGALODON LATERAL TOOTH -
Bone Valley Formation - Central Florida, U.S.
to PLIOCENE PERIOD: 23.3 - 1.81 million years ago
From the Bone Valley
Region of Central Florida, U.S., this beautiful fossil tooth is of the famous, giant Carcharodon megalodon
shark. Megalodon teeth from Bone Valley are considered to be the
most beautiful in the world. Compared to the ugly black and dark
brown crud-stained Meg teeth found in rivers, Bone Valley specimens have
white or very light roots and enamel in a rainbow of colors. This
is a result of the unique chemistry of the sediments in Bone
This is one of the
very few lower lateral teeth from Bone Valley we have collected and
offered for sale. Furthermore, it is also of a very unique color -
a very light silvery platinum blue. This tooth is much nicer than
appears in the above images, for sure! The very minor feeding
damage on the serrations is much less than typical teeth from this rare
source. There is NO RESTORATION AND NO REPAIR.
A stunning color combo and the reason why Bone Valley
meg colors are the finest in the world.
Megalodon teeth tend
to run smaller from Bone Valley and it is theorized that this warm
shallow marine environment rich in food source was a nursery for the
Carcharodon megalodon shark. The larger adults would not have been
able to swim into the shallow water and there was an abundance of small
whales in the area. The fact that these fossil teeth run smaller
than the bigger, black river specimens in no way detracts from their
value. Bone Valley specimens are very rare and highly-prized by
collectors. A megalodon tooth from Bone Valley is simply the most
beautiful fossil tooth of this extinct monster one can acquire.
At a length of 52 feet
and weighing in excess of 60 tons, Carcharodon 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!
From the middle
Miocene, 16 million years ago to the earliest Pliocene, about 4.5
million years ago, no other region in North America can claim a more
varied and richer wealth of important vertebrate fossil finds than from
the famous BONE VALLEY region in the phosphate mining district of
Central Florida. During this time, thick forests and grassy plains
covered a stubby peninsula that only went as far south to what is now
Polk County. If you were to visit this area at that time, you
would find six-foot tortoises, shovel-tusked mastodons, hornless rhinos,
humpless camels, iguanas, gila monsters, and 30-foot crocodiles.
The warm waters surrounding the area were filled with a rich variety of
life as well, including long-beaked dolphins, bony fish, rays, sea cows
and sharks including the notorious and now extinct giant killer shark, megalodon.
Bone Valley fossils
are rare and highly-priced specimens. Due to the unique geological
characteristics of the phosphate-rich region, most of the fossils are
beautifully preserved with amazing detail and color. Unlike the
majority of southeastern U.S. fossils retrieved from rivers and streams,
Bone Valley specimens are found in dry earth and are not stained with
the typical cruddy black and brown muck from rivers. Because Bone
Valley fossils comprise so much variety of both ancient marine and
terrestrial creatures, along with their unique and rare beauty of
preservation, specimens from this locality are very rare and of great
value to any fossil collection.
LOWER LATERAL SPECIMEN OF VERY RARE AND UNIQUE SILVER BLUE HUE!
length on the diagonal edge
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Item - One Only