Megatooth Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace

$ 149.00 

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Megatooth Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace
Megatooth Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace

LIMITED QUANTITY: We only have a handful of these pendants but more are on the way.

Above: Artist concept of a Megatooth Shark (Source: Mini Museum)

During the Paleocene Epoch, the Megatoothed sharks emerged as apex predators, dominating the seas for nearly 60,000,000 years.

Recovered from deposits in South Carolina, USA, this necklace features a single fossil tooth from sharks in the Megatooth line of sharks (typically Otodus angustidens, a precursor to Megalodon).

Above: Megatooth pendant in the display/storage box. Handsome and HEAVY!

As you can see, the root of the tooth is sealed in a substantial amount of sterling silver. All additional components of the necklace are also sterling silver, including our standard 18" (45cm) box-style chain. The bail is large enough to accommodate a heavier chain or cord for a more masculine appearance.

The necklace comes with a handsome display/storage box and a small information card that also serves as the certificate of authenticity. 

Please note: Most teeth are between 1 and 2" in length. However, the shape, color, and size of this item varies widely. Pictures on this page represent typical specimens.

More about the Megatooth Sharks

 

Above: Artist concept of a Megatooth shark dining on early cetaceans. (Source: Mini Museum)

The cause of the Otodus and its relatives’ massive size has been a debate in the scientific community for some time. Large marine animals tend towards being slow-moving filter feeders, rather than active predators. Some theories state that it was the climate or abundance of food that allowed these giant sharks to thrive in the early Cenozoic ocean, though members of the Otodus genus still maintained their size and domination through a cooler climate and changes in prey.


Above: A Medium Otodus obliquus tooth alongside one of our Extra Large Megalodon Teeth.

A recent study suggests the answer may not lie with environmental factors, but with an evolutionary adaptation. Modern marine predators of a similar size to Otodus, such as the orca or the sperm whale, are mammals with the ability to regulate their body heat. It is thought that Otodus may have also been able to keep parts of its body warm in colder waters, an ability that modern great white sharks share. This would allow it to maintain body temperatures when chasing after prey in cooler waters, keeping its massive size across changes in diet and environment.
 

Further Reading

Ehret, Dana J. Paleobiology and Taxonomy of Extinct Lamnid and Otodontid Sharks (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii, Lamniformes), University of Florida, Ann Arbor, 2010.

Ferron, Humberto G. "Regional endothermy as a trigger for gigantism in some extinct macropredatory sharks." PLoS ONE, vol. 12, no. 9, 2017.

Above: Back of the Specimen Card

 
Megatooth Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace
Megatooth Shark Tooth Pendant Necklace