Carcharocles megalodon Shark Tooth Fossil

Carcharocles megaladon

Class Chondrichthyes, Subclass Elasmobranchii, Order Lamniformes, Family Lamnidae

Geological Time: Miocene

Size: Fossil tooth is 3 7/8” in length

Fossil Site: Hawthorne Formation, South Carolina

Fossil Code: PFF395

Price: $220.00

Megalodon Shark ToothDescription: This is an excellent, lmid-sized, collector grade Megalodon tooth. It has good serration, tan/grey color, glossy enamel, and an excellent bourlette. The tip is a slightly muted and is slightly dinged on the lower left flat side.

The quality and value of Megalodon teeth is determined by factors such as color, well-defined serration, glossy enamel with limited cracking, a solid root, quality bourlette, and an intact tip.

Carcharocles megalodon existed during the Cenezoic era from approximately 28 mya until 1.5 mya. The major reason cited behind the extinction of C. megalodon was the decline in ocean temperatures at a global scale during the Pliocene. This cooling trend adversely impacted C. megalodon, as it preferred warmer waters, and as a result it became extremely rare until its ultimate extinction during the Pleistocene. Shark skeletons are composed of cartilage instead of bone, often the only parts of the shark to survive as fossils are teeth. The color of a tooth is determined solely by the color of sediment in which it is buried while fossilizing. The tooth absorbs minerals from the surrounding sediment. As the minerals replace the natural structure of the tooth, the tooth becomes the same general color as the sediment.

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