Fossilized Megalodon Tooth
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Megalodon (pronounced: MEG-ə-lə-don), means "big tooth", from Greek (megal, "big") and (odon "tooth") is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 5 to 25 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). Carcharodon. megalodon is regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history, and likely had a profound impact on the structure of marine communities. Fossil remains suggest that this giant shark reached a maximum length of 15.9–20.3 meters (52–67 ft), and also affirm that it had a worldwide distribution. Scientists suggest that Carcharodon. megalodon looked like a stockier version of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. This particular example is a split half-tooth with the split edge polished showing a unique presentation of inner blood vessels and nerve endings. Size: 5 inches long by 2 ½ inches wide by 1 ¼ inches thick. Location: found at Port Conway, King George County, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. A great “show and tell” piece.