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    PREHISTORIC SHARK TOOTH
    Carcharocles megalodon
    Miocene
    Morgan River, South Carolina, USA

    The teeth of the giant shark-like Megalodon are among the most prized specimens for the prehistoric collector. They are similar to those of today's Great White Shark but considerably larger, and this specimen came from a real monster. The Megalodon was the largest carnivorous fish ever to have swum the oceans of our planet, and at over 50 feet in length, its mouth bristling with rows of these monstrous tearing and rending tools, a terrifying beast to encounter in the murky depths. Although their relation to today's sharks is in some doubt, they share with them the characteristic cartilaginous skeleton, unpreserved by the fossil record, and so their amazing teeth are all that remain to us of this great hunter. The specimen here displays full enamel coverage and a beautiful gray-black patination with soft milky clouds around the edge, and a soft gray-brown towards the centre. It is lined with good serrations, still sharp enough to slice through meat, and measures 5½ inches in length.


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2009
    17th Sunday
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