MIOCENE to LATE
million years ago to 2.6
million years ago
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
the infamous and (fortunately) extinct
The Megalodon shark
holds the title of being considered one of THE MOST POWERFUL predators
of ANY vertebrate that ever lived, land or sea!
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
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
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 Head of a Shark Dissected.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 with ANY (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
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".
Special thanks is due
and Monique Fallows of Apex 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
WE STRONGLY CONDEMN
the sale of any MODERN shark products.
We would hope you share the same responsible thinking.
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