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    EXCELLENT MEGALODON TOOTH
    Carcharocles megalodon
    Miocene
    Swanee River, Florida, USA

    The mighty Megalodon dwarfed its equivalent in today's waters, the Great White Shark. It is reckoned that every inch of tooth indicates 10 feet of overall length, so the beast from which this example came must have been a monstrous 60-footer. In fact, there is some doubt over the Megalodon's relationship to the Great White (Carcharodon carcharias); the introduction in 1995 of a new genus (Carcharocles) relies on a theory of parallel evolution to explain the similarity in the teeth of the two species, and posits the extinct broad-toothed Mako Shark as the Great White's likely ancestor. The present example exhibits good serrations and beautifully-colored gray-green enamel, much of it entirely smooth on the reserve of the tooth. A first-rate specimen, it measures an uncommonly large 6 inches in length.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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