2.15 Inch Lee Creek Mako - Rare Location

Here is a fossil Mako tooth from a rare location, the Lee Creek Mine near Aurora, North Carolina. Fossil teeth from Lee Creek are highly coveted by collectors due to both their rarity and their stunning light coloration. This tooth is good size at 2.15 inches long and the blade is simply gorgeous. Don't pass this one up.

 


This shark, whose teeth can be found in deposits worldwide lived from the Eocene to the Pleistocene. It has been historically classified as a broad-toothed mako shark (Isurus hastalis). It was then reclassified as Cosmopolitodus hastalis making it a type of extinct Mackerel shark.

More recent research has reclassified it as part of the white shark lineage which would make the species Carcharodon hastalis. You can read more about this here. What classification is correct is still under debate leading to lots of different labels for these teeth. We prefer the most recent interpretation and label them as Carcharodon hastalis.

Teeth of this shark have been found up to 3 1/2" in length but teeth over 2 1/2" are uncommon and very rare over 3".
DETAILS
SPECIES
Carcharodon (Isurus) hastalis
LOCATION
Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, NC
FORMATION
Pungo Formation
SIZE
2.15 Inches
ITEM
#1533
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