Shark Jaw Reconstruction
    Carcharocles megalodon
    St. Mary's River
    Georgia, USA

    This "monster" specimen certainly conjures up thoughts of the "Jaws" movies of the 1970s, which is somewhat ironic since the Megalodon represented by this reconstruction was much larger than any modern-day Great White shark. In fact, the majority of Meg teeth are bigger in comparison to those from the Great White, especially in this jaw. Sharks are cartilaginous and lack bony internal skeletons such that teeth are the only part of ancient sharks likely to be preserved. Accordingly, any actual jaw featuring rows of the famous teeth would need to be a reconstruction. This incredible offering shows 150 authentic fossil Megalodon teeth in proper relative position within a reconstructed jaw made of a fiberglass resin. In order to amass such a large collection of teeth in varying sizes in good condition, it takes collecting well over 250 specimens. From the famous locality of St. Mary's River, these teeth are complete and sharp with razor-like serrations. One significant characteristic of any shark jaw is rows of teeth in a sort of "conveyor belt" system that rotate to replace other teeth when lost in the course of a feeding episode. The efficiency of the natural mechanism is something to behold, and the sheer number of teeth in this Megalodon jaw is astounding. Ranging from well over 1 inch (2.5 cm) for the smallest of the teeth to some 4 inches (10 cm) for the largest examples in the huge mouth, every fossil tooth in the reconstruction has been painstakingly collected, cleaned, and correlated to create this ominous display.

    At five feet (1.5 meters) in diameter, this jaw is massive and certainly large enough to confirm that this apex predator was monstrous in size and impact on the ancient ocean. Fortunately, this work of art will not bite but will make a major statement in any environment. The reconstructed jaw is a rustic, mottled white, tan and yellow that combine to give the piece a very realistic look. The teeth vary in color, but a majority exhibit a brownish hue, which is consistent with teeth from the St. Mary's River. The serrations on the fine examples attest to the quality of this entire presentation blending both science and design. The piece is fashioned with suspension wires for wall hanging but also rests on a flat surface on its own. This specimen has huge impact from the front but also when viewed from behind where the numerous rows of teeth are clearly visible. This piece represents lots of time and effort which is very obvious here.
    Overall Measurements: 58.00 x 50.00 x 24.00 inches (147.32 x 127.00 x 60.96 cm)

    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

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