One of the largest Megalodon teeth we've had in the shop. It would be a stunning addition to any collection! The enamel luster is quite nice. Not one of the most pristine Meg teeth we've offered. But the size makes up for some of the quality issues. The specimen also has a twist to it, giving it a nice aesthetic appeal.
Tip: Fair / Natural but some chipping
Enamel: Good / Some flaking on left rear (display) side
Serrations: Excellent / but two chips along one side (1/4" each)
Color: Even light gray with gunmetal gray root and burlet
Root: Unrestored with very minimal hydration
Burlet: Covers tooth along root on both sides.
Measurements: ~6" long x 4-1/2" wide x 1-1/4" thick. With stand add additional 1" to height and 3-1/4" depth
Location: South Carolina, U.S.A.
Time Period: Miocene ~ 20 Million Years Old
Carcharodon Megalodon (meaning giant tooth) was the largest and most powerful predatory fish that has ever lived. Megalodon also had the strongest bite force of any animal that has ever lived, at up to 18 tons. That bone crushing jaw strength allowed it to commonly hunt whales for its meals. Its teeth were similar in structure to today's Great White but significantly larger. Some Megalodon teeth have been measured over 7" in length. Compare that to the average 3" tooth size of a modern Great white and one can begin to imagine the size and power of Carcharodon Megalodon. The beast could grow to over 30 meters long.