Megalodon Tooth - 4.8" - "THE BEAST"
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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: Megalodon Tooth specimens of varying size.
This specimen is a beautiful and massive Megalodon tooth that we lovingly call THE BEAST. 🦈
Above: The Beast... It's big, and it's beautiful.
At its maximum length, this tooth measures 4.8". The maximum width is 3.2".
Above: The Beast (right) alongside one of our Extra Large Megalodon Teeth (left).
Finding Megalodon teeth approaching 5" is rare, but what's even more unique about this tooth is the quality of the enamel, the shape, and the serrations.
Above: Close-Up of Serrrations of The Beast
This is as fine a tooth at this size that you are likely to find, and it is just magnificent to hold. If your hand is big enough that is!
Above: Jamie holding The Beast.
More about Megalodon
Above: A partial Megalodon tooth close up. This specimen measured over 5" and was used in the creation of the Third Edition of the Mini Museum.
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.
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.
Above: The first reconstructed Megalodon jaw housed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (Picture dated 1909)
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 Otodus (formerly members of Carcharocles).
Above: Serrations on Small and Medium teeth.
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 three million years ago is tied directly to the mega-sizing of modern baleen whales.
Above: Back of the Specimen Card