Despite being only 4 inches, this is a posterior tooth, from the back of the jaw of an extinct, giant Megalodon shark. A posterior tooth at this size would mean the shark's primary teeth could easily have approached 6 inches! Posterior teeth are not commonly found but this tooth has an even more unusual feature - it is FANGED. A fanged tooth is a tooth with unexplained curvature that would have made the tooth bend unnaturally inward into the jaw. The beautiful, light-colored enamel displays a natural high luster and stunning mix of cool and warm colors. Serrations are well preserved and sharp as shown in the images.
Divers will tell you that Megalodon teeth like this are extremely difficult to find in today's waters. This spectacular specimen is loaded with so many features desired by advanced Megalodon tooth collectors. Current and increasing future demand will never be satisfied by the dwindling numbers of the truly top grade specimens such as this beauty, hence their constantly increasing prices each year.
Megalodon teeth found in rivers are almost always heavily eroded and worn from the high energy environment in which they were subjected to. They usually have dull, sand-blasted enamel, peeling back from the core. The roots are often damaged. While we strictly avoid Megalodon teeth with restoration or repair, Caveat emptor as some Megalodon teeth in dealers' inventories in the larger sizes and "seemingly" fine qualities, have repair or restoration and this is not often disclosed to the buyer accurately either because of ignorance or dishonesty. All our Megalodon fossil shark teeth are acquired directly from divers and we clean every specimen in our own on-premises lab facility.