1.21" Fossil Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo) Tooth - Aurora, NC

This is a tooth from the extinct tiger shark, Galeocerdo aduncus. It comes from the Lee Creek Phosphate Mine near Aurora, NC. This mine produces some of the most beautifully colored fossil teeth but unfortunately has been closed to collecting for several years now.

Comes with an acrylic display case.

Galeocerdo, which means, "fox shark," is the genus of all Tiger sharks and Tiger-like sharks, both living and extinct. Tiger sharks are a genus of Requiem sharks (migratory, warm sea, live-bearing sharks) that have hunted the temperate and tropical seas since the Eocene epoch.

These fearsome predators are nomadic and often spend solitary lives, joining other sharks only for procreation. Tiger sharks are sometimes referred to as "garbage sharks." This moniker refers to their disposition towards eating anything in their path.

The earliest Galeocerdo species in the fossil record is G. latidens from the Eocene. The more common fossils that come out of the American southeast are of G. aduncus, from the Oligocene, and G. cuveri, which originated in the Pliocene and persists today as the only living species of Tiger shark.

The best way to identify Galeocerdo teeth by species is to look at the size of the tooth and the complexity of the serrations. Generally, larger teeth with more complex serrations point to a shark from a time closer to the present. For example, a tooth from G. cuveri is much bigger and more serrated than a tooth from G. aduncus or G. latidens.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Galeocerdo aduncus
LOCATION
Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, NC
FORMATION
Pungo River Formation
SIZE
1.21" long
ITEM
#195031
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