Megalodon Tooth (Boxed Sizes) Polished
Megalodon Tooth (Boxed Sizes) Polished
The Megalodon shark dominated the oceans of the world for over 20 million years. Reaching sizes upwards of 18m (59ft) in length, the largest Megalodon jaw reconstruction measures 3.3m (11ft) across and 2.7m (9ft) tall.
Above: Extra Large, Large, and Medium Megalodon Teeth displaying a range of unique colors and textures.
This item is a complete POLISHED Megalodon tooth. Each tooth has been hand polished to enhance the natural structure of the fossil. As a result, each tooth is absolutely unique. Color and patterns vary widely though they are all amazing.
Boxed Polished Megalodon Tooth Sizing:
The Small and Medium Megalodon tooth ship in our classic, glass-topped riker box display cases. The cases measure 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". The Large and Extra Large Sizes ship in a sturdy carton as they are too large for a case. Besides, you'll want to hold them because they are amazing!
A small information card is also included with each specimen. The card serves as the certificate of authenticity.
Above: Polished specimen photo taken at an oblique angle to highlight the depth of color and textures.
Please note: Small and Medium teeth are individually wrapped to prevent sliding in the case. On receipt, simply open the top of the case and unwrap the tooth and then arrange the tooth inside the case as pictured here on the site. We also recommend placing the bubble wrap under the soft, white lining of the case. This extra padding will keep the tooth snug in the case after the lid is secured. The style of the image used on the front of the card may also vary as we change the designs from time to time.
Above: Extra Large and Large Polished Megalodon Teeth in Hand
TEMPORAL RANGE: 23,000,000–2,600,000 years ago
BIGGER THAN BIG
"You're gonna need a bigger boat." ~ Roy Scheider as Police Chief Martin Brody, Jaws (1975)
As pictured here, the fossil record suggests that Megalodon fed on a wide variety of prey. Smaller marine mammals, like dolphins, seals, and manatees were obvious targets, but even the largest early whales were not safe from this enormous apex predator. Analysis suggests that Megalodon was likely a very intelligent hunter, disabling large whales by crushing flippers or piercing internal organs. Recent studies of developing populations of predatory whales also suggest that pack hunting behavior may have developed as a competitive response to Megalodon's dominance.
Computer models suggest that a full-grown Megalodon had the most powerful bite of any known animal in the fossil record, somewhere between 11 and 18 tonnes or 25,000-40,000 pounds. This epic jaw was also lined with enormous teeth - 46 in the front row, to be exact, with 5 more rows waiting behind.
Above: Rows of Megalodon teeth set into a reconstructed jaw.
Finding a home for Megalodon in the hierarchy of sharks has been an interesting task for science. For years two competing branches of the shark family laid claim to this monster, the Carcharodon or the white-shark line, and the now extinct line of "megatooth" sharks of Carcharocles. These two branches of the shark family had radically different feeding patterns. The megatooth sharks specialized in hunting whales and sirenians (manatees) in warmer waters, while the white-shark line focused on colder climate hunting, a practice that continues today as young great white sharks switch from fish to seals as they mature.
The debate is still ongoing but most scientists have settled on the megatooth-line based on the feeding pattern of Megalodon. Not surprisingly, the extinction of the Megalodon roughly two million years ago is tied directly to the mega-sizing of modern baleen whales.
BEFORE & AFTER: Two partial Megalodon teeth illustrating concretions found on typical specimens before preparation.
Most commercial Megalodon teeth (including those we offer) come from the coastal rivers of South Carolina. However, Megalodon teeth are found in several regions of the world, primarily areas which would harbor the warmer seas of their preferred prey. The coloring of the fossils reflects the different minerals present in the sediment when the teeth were deposited.
Front of the Specimen Card
Note: Illustration may vary as we do change them from time to time.
Back of the Specimen Card
Cajus, G. "Evolution of White and Megatooth Sharks, and Evidence for Early Predation on Seals, Sirenians, and Whales." Natural Science 2013 (2013).
Eilperin, Juliet. Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks. Anchor, 2012.
Pimiento, Catalina, and Christopher F. Clements. "When did Carcharocles Megalodon Become Extinct? A New Analysis of the Fossil Record." PloS one 9.10 (2014): e111086.