Palaeolithic Hand Axe
A fantastic ovate-shaped early Palaeolithic hand axe, dating from the Mid Acheulian and fashioned from a tan-patinated fine-grained hardstone. This enigmatic hand axe is bifacially-worked and beautifully preserved, given its great age.
Knapped by the hominid species Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis around 200,000 years ago, it would grace the wall of any home. Framed and hand-finished in ash.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Mineral and Fossil Market, 2018. Originally of North African provenance.
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 — a type of ancient mackerel shark that grew larger than a great white — 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 both extinct and extant, the Megalodon regularly shed its teeth as they became worn or damaged. This particular tooth is over 4” from root to tip, with a beautiful pitch-black enamel (a product of the fossilisation process) and clear serrations. Sympathetically hand-framed and finished, this fossil would make a great talking point in any home.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK fossil and mineral market, 2017. Originally discovered in North Carolina, USA.