Bizarre Edestus Shark Tooth In Jaw Section - Carboniferous


This is a very unusual and hard to acquire offering of a fossil tooth and jaw section from the Carboniferous aged shark Edestus heinrichi. These rare teeth are recovered deep underground in the coal mines of Illinois.

Comes with a riker mount display case.

Edestus was a very unusual shark that is only known from fossils of teeth and jaw sections. It is estimated they could reach 20 feet in length, about the same size as a modern great white. Like its other relatives like Helicoprion it did not shed its teeth as they became worn. This caused the jaws to become elongated and resemble a monstrous pair of shears. It's unclear how these sharks would have caught and eaten their prey with this jaw configuration.

An artists reconstruction of Edestus.  By Dmitry Bogdanov
An artists reconstruction of Edestus. By Dmitry Bogdanov
Edestus heinrichi
Coulterville, Illinois
Jaw section 1.6" long
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