Megalodon, scientifically known as Otodus megalodon, was an enormous marine predator that lived roughly between 23 to 3.6 million years ago, during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene epochs.
Its name means "big tooth," and with good reason — some of the teeth discovered have measured over 7 inches in length, which is about three times the size of the largest tooth of a great white shark!
One of the most fascinating aspects of Megalodon is its immense size.
Although full skeletons of the megalodon have not been discovered, scientists have been able to estimate the size of this prehistoric shark based on recovered teeth and vertebrae. Estimates suggest it could have reached lengths of up to 60 feet or more, making it one of the largest predators to have ever lived.
Megalodon's diet likely consisted of large marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins. Its powerful jaws, which could exert a bite force of up to 40,000 pounds per square inch (compared to the 4,000 psi of a great white), equipped with multiple rows of huge, serrated teeth, made it a formidable hunter.
This beautiful example is over 3.5" long and is mounted on a custom made aged oak and steel stand.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries
LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Mineral and Fossil Market, 2021. Originally of North American provenance.