Fossil Shark Tooth - Carcharodon megalodon 8 cm
Title: Outstanding 8 cm Fossil Shark Tooth - Carcharodon megalodon
Dimensions: 8 cm long
Description: Species: Carcharodon megalodon
Measurements: 8 cm along edge
Weight: 53 g
A superb and large tooth with outstanding, natural purplish/pinkish-tan enamel.
Great preservation almost similar to Peruvian localities (no longer accessible).
Very beautiful color, bourlette and stunning serrations.
Megalodon (Otodus megalodon), meaning "big tooth", is an extinct species of mackerel shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago (Mya), during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene. It was formerly thought to be a member of the family Lamnidae and a close relative of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). However, it is now classified into the extinct family Otodontidae, which diverged from the great white shark during the Early Cretaceous. Its genus placement is still debated, authors placing it in either Carcharocles, Megaselachus, Otodus, or Procarcharodon. This is because transitional fossils have been found showing that megalodon is the final chronospecies of a lineage of giant sharks originally of the genus Otodus which evolved during the Paleocene.