The Megalodon ("Big Tooth") shark was possibly the most fearsome ocean predator in earths history reaching lengths of 50+ feet in length. This mega-shark lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago. FossilEra offers a wide selection of fossil Megalodon teeth for sale from around the world in all sizes and qualities. We do not sell reproductions or casts and guarantee the authenticity of all of the fossils that we sell. How are Megalodon teeth priced?
The Megalodon went extinct 2.6 million years ago. This extinction is primarily attributed to a changing environment and cooling oceans worldwide.
Megalodon could reach a maximum length of 50-60 feet long. Compare that to the largest great white sharks which reach a maximum size of 21 feet.
The Megalodon's primary prey was large sea mammals such as whales, sea cows and sea lions.
The largest Megalodon tooth ever found is 7.48 inches though teeth over 6 inches are very rare. The largest great white teeth were less than 3 inches.
Megalodon teeth are measured on the slant, using the longest side as the length.
Megalodon's and all sharks shed their teeth frequently during their lifetime's as they grew or teeth became worn. It's estimated that a fully grown adult shark may go through up to 20k teeth during it's lifetime. This is also the reason smaller Megalodon teeth (<3 inches) are relatively common.
Megalodon teeth are often collected by scuba divers from rivers and off the coast where there have eroded out of the rock formations. They are much rarer and harder to find at most land based sites.
Megalodon teeth are very heavy because they've been fossilized, that is the original material which made up the tooth as been replaced by minerals.
Other fossil bones of Megalodon and other sharks almost never preserved as fossils because their skeletons were made out of cartilage.
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