6.70" Megalodon Tooth From South Carolina - Incredibly Rare!

This is an incredibly rare, monster Megalodon tooth found several years ago in the Morgan River near Beaufort, South Carolina. It's an astounding 6.70" long (actually 6.698" to be precise), is sharply serrated and great symmetry. A tooth like this would be considered a "a once in a lifetime" find for die-hard, Meg tooth divers and a "something you'll never find" for most who aren't actively out collecting every week.

This is the largest Megalodon tooth we have ever had for sale and one of the largest you will find for sale ANYWHERE in the world. Please do your homework and see exactly how rare this tooth is. Of course it's expensive but a bargain price given the rarity of this specimen.

Quality-wise you can't go wrong as this huge tooth has very sharp serrations, solid root, good enamel, and a beautiful bourrelet. The only flaws on this one were self-inflicted by the shark during life. The left edge is missing about 40% of the serrations but, again, this is totally natural and was caused by the shark biting into whale bone or possibly hitting another tooth while feeding. Obviously without the damage this tooth would be worth a lot more but it's real, it happened, and adds to the history of this one of a kind specimen.

Like basically all the Megalodon teeth we sell this one has NO REPAIR OR RESTORATION.

The megalodon was not only the biggest and baddest prehistoric shark that ever lived, it was the largest marine predator in the history of the planet. Today’s great white sharks would be a mere bite-size snack for this monster. It terrorized the diverse ocean waters around the world from 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, from the late Oligocene to the early Pleistocene. This massive and extinct species of shark was estimated to grow to nearly 60 feet in length and has often been declared the greatest vertebrate predator that ever lived.

Reconstructed jaws on display at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Reconstructed jaws on display at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

These mega-toothed sharks were a giant and more robust version of the great white. They had 276 teeth in 5 rows and, like today's sharks, shed their teeth throughout their lifetime. The largest megalodon teeth on record reached a staggering 7.5 inches (190mm)! Compare this to the largest great whites, whose teeth top out around 3 inches long. Wow!

Their teeth were bone-crunching and flesh-cutting tools evolved for grasping powerful prey such as baleen whales. Fossil evidence supports that megalodon focused its attack on the hard, bony parts of its prey, such as rib cages, flippers, shoulders, and spines, effectively disabling large whales and harming major organs such as the heart and lungs. This strategy explains their thick, robust teeth.

Megalodon had a cosmopolitan (global) distribution and its giant teeth can be found in deposits throughout the world. Some are collected on land in phosphate deposits, while many are collected from rivers and coastlines after eroding out of the rocks. This contributes to the water-worn, polished appearance of many teeth.

The standard measure for megalodon teeth is slant height, or the longest edge of the tooth. Adult megalodon teeth were typically in the 4 to 5 inch range: teeth over 6 inches are rare and represent super-sized individuals. Only a handful of teeth have ever been found over seven inches.

No one knows for sure why the megalodon went extinct 2.6 million years ago, but the cooling of the climate and gradual disappearance of many of the large whales it relied on for food are suspects.
Otodus megalodon
Morgan River, Near Beaufort, South Carolina
Hawthorn Formation
6.70" long side, 6.56" short side, 5.03" wide
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