DescriptionPREHISTORIC SHARK TOOTH
Suwanee River, Florida, USA
In the ancient oceans of the Miocene epoch, 23-5 million years ago, one creature ruled the deep. The fearsome Megalodon was a giant shark-like fish, sharing many characteristics with today's Great White, including a cartilaginous skeleton, which has meant that next to nothing remains to us in the fossil record of these monstrous beasts apart from the enormous and deadly-looking teeth, much-prized by fossil collectors the world over. Divers must brave freezing and pitch black waters to grub for these marvels along the muddy river bed and only a small number (15%) are discovered intact. At over fifty feet in length, the megalodon was the largest carnivorous fish ever to hunt the earth's oceans, and just one specimen like this from its enormous jaw is enough to suggest what a horrifying sight a full jaw of these vicious triangular teeth would have been. The present example boasts a most attractive creamy-colored patination, with deep grooves and patches of lovely warm blue-black coloring, and innumerable tiny serrations along each edge, at which one has only to glance to know what terrific flesh-rending tools such teeth could be. It measures 5¼ inches long and is presented on a custom metal and wood display stand.
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