MEGALODON LATERAL TOOTH - Bone Valley Formation - Central Florida, U.S.

MIOCENE 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 Valley. 

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.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  

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.


2.25" in length on the diagonal edge

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