Bargain, 5.07" Serrated, Fossil Megalodon Tooth - Indonesia

This is a sharply serrated, 5.07" long Megalodon tooth collected in West Java, Indonesia. It has a unique blade coloration for the area being more grey with bluish highlights. Super sharp serrations and an excellent tip on the tooth.

This tooth is bargain priced because the root is heavily eroded and its general shape has been carved into the grey rock the tooth was collected in. So, absolutely gorgeous blade, but bad root on this tooth.

Comes with the pictured display stand.

Megalodon teeth from West Java, Indonesia have started hitting the market in the past couple years, but the prices have finally started to come down from stratospheric levels. They are "mined" from land sites and typically have excellent color though the coloration can vary from layer to layer.

The roots almost always have some degree of erosion, so you have to be suspicious of "perfect" looking roots as they are often repaired/restored. It's unclear if the root erosion is due to acidic soil conditions or reworking of the teeth in the deposits.

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 (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). This massive, extinct species of shark was estimated to grow to nearly 60 feet in length and has often been declared the greatest vertebrate predator which ever lived.

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

These mega-tooth sharks were a giant and more robust version of the great white. They had 276 teeth in 5 rows and like todays 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 which 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 the thick, robust teeth of the Megalodon.

Megalodon has 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 to many teeth.

The standard measure for meg teeth is slant height, or the longest edge of the tooth. Adult Megalodon teeth were typically in the 4-5 inch range, with teeth over 6 inches being rare and representing super-sized individuals. There have only been a handful of teeth ever 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.
Carcharocles megalodon
Tasikmalaya Area, West Java, Indonesia
5.07" long
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