6.70" Megalodon Tooth From South Carolina - Incredibly Rare!
This is the largest Megalodon tooth we have ever had for sale and one of the largest you will find for sale ANYWHERE in the world. Please do your homework and see exactly how rare this tooth is. Of course it's expensive but a bargain price given the rarity of this specimen.
Quality-wise you can't go wrong as this huge tooth has very sharp serrations, solid root, good enamel, and a beautiful bourlette. The only flaws on this one were self-inflicted by the shark during life. The left edge is missing about 40% of the serrations but, again, this is totally natural and was caused by the shark biting into whale bone or possibly hitting another tooth while feeding. Obviously without the damage this tooth would be worth a lot more but it's real, it happened, and adds to the history of this one of a kind specimen.
Like basically all the Megalodon teeth we sell this one has NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.
These mega-tooth sharks were a giant and more robust version of the great white. They had 276 teeth in 5 rows and like todays sharks shed their teeth throughout their lifetime. The largest Megalodon teeth on record reached a stagger 7.5 inches (190mm). Compare this to the largest great whites who’s teeth top out around 3 inches long. Wow.
Their teeth were bone crunching and flesh cutting tools, which evolved for grasping powerful prey such as Baleen whales. Fossil evidence supports that Megalodon focused its attack on the hard boney parts of its prey, such as rib cages, flippers, shoulders, and spines- effectively disabling large whales and harming major organs such as the heart and lungs. This strategy explains the thick, robust teeth of the Megalodon.
Megalodon has a cosmopolitan (global) distribution and its giant teeth can be found in deposits throughout the world. Some are collected on land in phosphate deposits while many are collected from rivers and coastlines after eroding out of the rocks. This contributes to the water worn, polished appearance to many teeth.
The standard measure for meg teeth is slant height, or the longest edge of the tooth. Adult Megalodon teeth were typically in the 4-5 inch range, with teeth over 6 inches being rare and representing super-sized individuals. There have only been a handful of teeth ever found over seven inches.
No one knows for sure why the Megalodon went extinct 2.6 Million years ago, but the cooling of the climate and gradual disappearance of many of the large whales it relied on for food are suspects.