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MEGALODON

Megalodon Teeth

MIDDLE MIOCENE to LATE PLIOCENE PERIOD:  15.9 million years ago to 2.6 million years ago

megalodon1.jpgImagine swimming in the water and suddenly without warning, being slammed by something as big as a Greyhound bus... but this bus is different.  It has teeth the size of dinner plates and can swallow a full-grown horse in one gulp.  Second only to the sperm whale as the largest ocean predator that ever lived, no sea creature could have ever been more dangerous than the infamous and (fortunately) extinct MEGALODON shark.  The Megalodon shark holds the title of being considered one of THE MOST POWERFUL predators of ANY vertebrate that ever lived, land or sea!

From the Middle Miocene Period 15.9 million years ago to the Late Pliocene Period 2.6 million years ago, the ancient seas were terrorized by this beast.  It is estimated that Megalodon could have easily reached 60 feet in length and weighed over 52 tons.  Some researchers have stated lengths could have attained up to 80 feet!  Fossil teeth have been found that exceed 7 inches in length. 

The first documented mention of Megalodon remains date back all the way to the mid-1600's when writings described the discovery of large triangular teeth weathering out of rocks.  They were believed to be petrified tongues of dragons and giant snakes.  Later in 1667, a naturalist from Denmark correctly identified them as shark teeth and produced a drawing reconstructing a giant shark's head with the teeth and a separate drawing of a Megalodon tooth.  His findings were presented in a book called The megalodon2.jpgHead of a Shark Dissected.

In 1835, Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz gave the shark its initial scientific name of Carcharodon megalodon.  His work relating Megalodon to the same lineage as the Great White shark are based on the similarity of the teeth of both sharks.  Recent research offers up a contrasting theory of lineage.  Today, there are two scientific schools of thought, both with excellent arguments, that attribute this monster shark to different lineages and names - the original name of Carcharodon megalodon, and a latter theory that has renamed the shark to Carcharocles megalodon

No one knows exactly what a Megalodon shark looked like but from the shape and structure of the teeth, it is most likely that the appearance was similar to a stocky Great White shark times six!  Megalodon was larger and heavier than T. rex. 

megalodon3.jpgScientific 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 shark 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.

Why did Megalodon go extinct?  Some have theorized that such a large shark must have needed equally large prey to sustain itself, namely large whales.  As the ocean environments dramatically fluctuated with glacier and tectonic activity, large areas of ideal habitat were affected and even eliminated.  Megalodon's food source changed because of this and the combination of these factors adversely affected the ability for such a massive predator to survive.

Fossil teeth of the Megalodon shark are of special interest to collectors.  Teeth of the highest quality, size and beauty are the rarest.  They possess instatiable collector demand far in excess of their availability hence, they have proven to be one of the most promising investment fossils.  Their demand continues to grow strongly and the few regions that such quality teeth are found are now either off-limits to public collecting or have been heavily collected out over the past decade to feed such demand in the market. 

megalodon5.jpgUnlike many other Megalodon shark tooth dealers, we do not personally collect so we sell EVERY tooth we acquire and our primary focus over the years has been to stick with only the best and most unique Megalodon teeth.  These teeth come at a price though, and every year, they go up.  The most subtle attractive features, unique coloration, etc., can radically up the value.  If you want the best or most unusual, the premium price is well worth it and what seems like a full price today will be an unbeatable bargain tomorrow as the market continues to escalate for the premium Megalodon teeth.  

Lastly and most important, AVOID any teeth with restoration or repair if you want a specimen that will appreciate.  Unlike all other types of fossils, Megalodon teeth withANY (even the slightest!) repair or restoration should and will sell FOR A FRACTION of the exact same tooth without such enhancements.  Teeth without ANY trace of restoration or repair are WORTH MUCH MORE the price of teeth with such work performed.  More and more, we are seeing teeth around 5 inches having some restoration and this is becoming a big problem with teeth over the 5 inch size class.  The nature of restoration that is done is of very high quality and can go unnoticed without a trained eye and close examination.  Caveat emptor!  As a rule, Paleo Direct, Inc. does NOT sell any Megalodon teeth with repair or restoration.  We avoid such teeth and suggest you do the same and purchase a natural tooth within your budget rather than a large specimen that has been "doctored up".

- copyright Paleo Direct, Inc. (shark photos by Chris and Monique Fallows )

Special thanks is due Chris and Monique Fallows of Apex Predators for the use of their amazing Great White Shark photos above.  Chris and Monique are dedicated to saving these beautiful and mysterious creatures from extinction.  We fully support Chris in his shark preservation efforts and WE STRONGLY CONDEMN the sale of any MODERN shark products. We would hope you share the same responsible thinking.

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MEGALODON

Megalodon Teeth

MIDDLE MIOCENE to LATE PLIOCENE PERIOD:  15.9 million years ago to 2.6 million years ago

megalodon1.jpgImagine swimming in the water and suddenly without warning, being slammed by something as big as a Greyhound bus... but this bus is different.  It has teeth the size of dinner plates and can swallow a full-grown horse in one gulp.  Second only to the sperm whale as the largest ocean predator that ever lived, no sea creature could have ever been more dangerous than the infamous and (fortunately) extinct MEGALODON shark.  The Megalodon shark holds the title of being considered one of THE MOST POWERFUL predators of ANY vertebrate that ever lived, land or sea!

From the Middle Miocene Period 15.9 million years ago to the Late Pliocene Period 2.6 million years ago, the ancient seas were terrorized by this beast.  It is estimated that Megalodon could have easily reached 60 feet in length and weighed over 52 tons.  Some researchers have stated lengths could have attained up to 80 feet!  Fossil teeth have been found that exceed 7 inches in length. 

The first documented mention of Megalodon remains date back all the way to the mid-1600's when writings described the discovery of large triangular teeth weathering out of rocks.  They were believed to be petrified tongues of dragons and giant snakes.  Later in 1667, a naturalist from Denmark correctly identified them as shark teeth and produced a drawing reconstructing a giant shark's head with the teeth and a separate drawing of a Megalodon tooth.  His findings were presented in a book called The megalodon2.jpgHead of a Shark Dissected.

In 1835, Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz gave the shark its initial scientific name of Carcharodon megalodon.  His work relating Megalodon to the same lineage as the Great White shark are based on the similarity of the teeth of both sharks.  Recent research offers up a contrasting theory of lineage.  Today, there are two scientific schools of thought, both with excellent arguments, that attribute this monster shark to different lineages and names - the original name of Carcharodon megalodon, and a latter theory that has renamed the shark to Carcharocles megalodon

No one knows exactly what a Megalodon shark looked like but from the shape and structure of the teeth, it is most likely that the appearance was similar to a stocky Great White shark times six!  Megalodon was larger and heavier than T. rex. 

megalodon3.jpgScientific 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 shark 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.

Why did Megalodon go extinct?  Some have theorized that such a large shark must have needed equally large prey to sustain itself, namely large whales.  As the ocean environments dramatically fluctuated with glacier and tectonic activity, large areas of ideal habitat were affected and even eliminated.  Megalodon's food source changed because of this and the combination of these factors adversely affected the ability for such a massive predator to survive.

Fossil teeth of the Megalodon shark are of special interest to collectors.  Teeth of the highest quality, size and beauty are the rarest.  They possess instatiable collector demand far in excess of their availability hence, they have proven to be one of the most promising investment fossils.  Their demand continues to grow strongly and the few regions that such quality teeth are found are now either off-limits to public collecting or have been heavily collected out over the past decade to feed such demand in the market. 

megalodon5.jpgUnlike many other Megalodon shark tooth dealers, we do not personally collect so we sell EVERY tooth we acquire and our primary focus over the years has been to stick with only the best and most unique Megalodon teeth.  These teeth come at a price though, and every year, they go up.  The most subtle attractive features, unique coloration, etc., can radically up the value.  If you want the best or most unusual, the premium price is well worth it and what seems like a full price today will be an unbeatable bargain tomorrow as the market continues to escalate for the premium Megalodon teeth.  

Lastly and most important, AVOID any teeth with restoration or repair if you want a specimen that will appreciate.  Unlike all other types of fossils, Megalodon teeth withANY (even the slightest!) repair or restoration should and will sell FOR A FRACTION of the exact same tooth without such enhancements.  Teeth without ANY trace of restoration or repair are WORTH MUCH MORE the price of teeth with such work performed.  More and more, we are seeing teeth around 5 inches having some restoration and this is becoming a big problem with teeth over the 5 inch size class.  The nature of restoration that is done is of very high quality and can go unnoticed without a trained eye and close examination.  Caveat emptor!  As a rule, Paleo Direct, Inc. does NOT sell any Megalodon teeth with repair or restoration.  We avoid such teeth and suggest you do the same and purchase a natural tooth within your budget rather than a large specimen that has been "doctored up".

- copyright Paleo Direct, Inc. (shark photos by Chris and Monique Fallows )

Special thanks is due Chris and Monique Fallows of Apex Predators for the use of their amazing Great White Shark photos above.  Chris and Monique are dedicated to saving these beautiful and mysterious creatures from extinction.  We fully support Chris in his shark preservation efforts and WE STRONGLY CONDEMN the sale of any MODERN shark products. We would hope you share the same responsible thinking.