Carcharocles megalodon Tooth
Lot 1046W
Carcharocles megalodon Jaw
US$ 300,000 - 400,000
£180,000 - 240,000

Lot Details
Carcharocles megalodon Jaw
Megalodon Shark Jaw – Full Set of Fossilized Teeth in Jaw Reconstruction
Carcharocles megalodon
Miocene
Ogeechee River, South Carolina

Carcharocles megalodon is the most massive carnivorous fish species to have inhabited the planet. Living sixteen million years ago, the gargantuan species is thought to have grown to a length approaching that of the contemporary blue whale. Fifty-one million years after the dinosaurs became extinct, this behemoth trolled the earth's seas as an apex predator. Much is unknown about megalodon (meaning giant tooth), including its exact size. Scientists differ in their estimates of the length that this marine behemoth attained, suggesting linear measures from 40 to 100 feet. Scientists believe that this gigantic predator became extinct approximately five million years ago.

Many years of arduous diving work were required to collect the many teeth displayed here. Teeth from the South Carolina river localities are becoming increasingly rare. Lower teeth, in particular, are difficult to find. Collecting data indicate that megalodon lost upper teeth more frequently than lower teeth, at an approximate ratio of eight to one. It is theorized that the upper teeth, which would have been used as tools to hack off chunks of flesh from prey, sustained the most wear.

The present offering comprises 184 fossil shark teeth mounted in a resin reconstruction representing the cartilaginous jaw of Carcharocles megalodon. Originating from a number of different individuals, the specimens have been carefully chosen to illustrate the correct positions and sizes that would have been seen in life. Four of the teeth measure an amazing 6.25 inches in length. The work of the preparator who fashioned this magnificent piece has been featured on National Geographic Channel's Predators.
Measures 8 x 9.5 feet
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