This is a top-grade tooth from the largest shark that ever lived, the giant Megalodon shark! The smoky red and gray colors on one side of the enamel contrast with the dark rich red tortoiseshell spotted patterns on the reverse side. The majority of Megalodon teeth fossilize in drab colors so collectors always gravitate towards colorful and unusual teeth given all other features being equal. St. Mary's River Basin is famous for producing teeth of very unique colors as well as producing dramatic open spotted patterns in the enamel. This tooth displays those famous large spots as well as the most desirable red colors that collectors search for but rarely find. The root is complete and blade edges where they meet the root, are unbroken - a trait only found in the best teeth.
Serrations and tip are well preserved and sharp. Only very light feeding wear on the serrations. Every Megalodon tooth we offer (even if from an old collection) is run through our on-premises lab facility for scrutiny. It is then micro-blasted clean and inspected for any alterations.
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 due to their greatly diminished value and collector desirability, Caveat emptor as some Megalodon teeth in dealers' inventories have repair or restoration which GREATLY diminishes the value. This is not often disclosed to the buyer accurately.
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