Ancient seas, ca. 2 million years ago. A lovely example of a fossilized Megalodon tooth with a deep black center color and brown-grey along the edges. While many of the original serrations along the edges are worn, their textures can still be felt. Several vertical striations along the upper enamel are another result of the fossilization process, and the root exhibits a dark-grey color with age-commensurate fissures. Megalodon (Carcharodon megalodon, literally "big tooth"), thought to have become extinct 1.6 million years ago, is the largest known member of the shark family. Prior to 1666, when naturalist Nicolaus Steno studied shark teeth and realized the error, people believed that these teeth were moon rocks or dragon's tongues. Megalodon teeth are all that remain of these ancient creatures, whose skeletal structures - like those of all sharks - were made of cartilage and did not fossilize. Size: 3.7" W x 4.875" H (9.4 cm x 12.4 cm); 4.9" H (12.4 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Charleston, South Carolina, USA collection
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Minor fissures to areas of enamel and root, with light encrustations within some recessed areas, and softening to many original serrations. Nice earthen deposits and lustrous patina throughout.