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    LARGE FOSSIL SHARK TOOTH
    Carcharocles megalodon
    Miocene
    Ashepoo River, South Carolina

    A large, excellently well-preserved example of this popular fossil, this is a superb tooth from the mighty Megalodon. A terrific predator, it dwarfed its equivalent in today's waters, the great white shark, and reckoned to have grown to the size of a Greyhound bus. There has been some doubt over the megalodon's relationship to the great white, and the introduction in 1995 of a new genus for the megalodon (Carcharocles sp.) rests on the theory of parallel evolution to explain the similarity in the teeth of the two species; the broad tooth mako shark is in fact posited as the meg's closest modern relative. The present specimen exhibits excellent enamel coverage in a warm tan-gray patination, a good robust root and finely defined tiny serrations along the edges. At an impressive 6 3/16 inches along the diagonal, it is a first-rate specimen of a highly collectible fossil.


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    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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