Carcharodon auriculatus Shark Tooth

Carcharodon auriculatus

Class Chondrichthyes, Subclass Elasmobranchii, Order Lamniformes, Family Lamnidae

Geological Time: Eocene

Size (2.54 cm = 1 inch): 63 mm in length

Fossil Site: Castle Hayne formation, Rocky Point, North Carolina

Fossil Code: PFF157

Price: $150.00

Carcharodon auriculatusDescription: This is a fine example of a tooth from the extinct shark Carcharodon (Carcharochles) auriculatus. These sharks are thought to be progenitors of what was to be Carcharodon (or Charcharocles) megalodon. Notice the sidecusps, a remnant of its descent from Otodus obliquus. Teeth are highly variable in color, a consequence of the minerals in the water that formed the deposits. This is a superb and large example of this species. Note the excellent serration, and glossy color.

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