This large, complete tooth from a VERY OLD prehistoric Sperm Whale of the family Physeteridae, dates back to the Miocene/ Pliocene Period, the days of the Megalodon shark. It is of maximum size and thickness for its type, and exhibits heavy natural feeding wear, all indicators of advanced age in the prehistoric whale it came from. The tooth also shows UNUSUAL pathological deformity in the crown and even lesions on the inside of the root cavity. This is THE FIRST time we have seen or offered a fossil whale tooth showing deformed pathology making it especially rare for an advanced collection!
Fossil Sperm whale teeth in this condition of completeness are rare and far scarcer than Megalodon teeth. Unlike sharks, toothed whales did not replace their teeth hence the RARITY of fossil whale teeth! Finding a complete specimen with full crown and complete, undamaged root is VERY rare. This amazing tooth is heavy and massive, representing the extreme bite force these predators must have exerted on their teeth by its enormous solid root. A prize like this deserves a place in the finest fossil collections of apex predator fossils.
Just as T. rex ruled its domain in its day, the Sperm Whale ruled the ancient seas, and shared the title of "king" with the Megalodon shark in the Miocene-Pliocene Period. Surviving the extinction of Megalodon, even now the Sperm whale has no rival. The Sperm whale is and was the largest of all the toothed whales. Male Sperm whales can grow to lengths in excess of 60 feet making them THE largest predator living in the sea today. They are truly the kings of the ocean realm.
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 Megalodon shark.