The giant prehistoric shark, Carcharodon megalodon, was an incredibly successful apex predator that dominated the world’s oceans in the Miocene and Pliocene epochs 23–2.6 million years ago. Evolved from the earlier giant shark, Otodus obliquus, the Megalodon’s huge size (over 60’ in length) was probably a result of the evolution of large sea-going mammals during the Eocene.
Like most sharks, the Megalodon regularly shed its teeth as they became worn or damaged - perhaps as many as 30,000 teeth in the life of a single shark.
This particular tooth is just over 9cm from root to tip (Megs are measured diagonally, from the tip of the tooth to the furthest root), with a beautiful patterned enamel (see our blog post about a similar tooth, as an explanation of the patterning) and clear serrations.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Mineral and Fossil Market, 2019. Originally of North American provenance.