Carcharias (Extinct Sand Tiger) Shark Tooth - Eocene

This is a large anterior fossil tooth of the extinct sand tiger shark, Carcharias hopei. These teeth come from the Eocene aged phosphate deposits in the Oulad Abdoun Basin of Morocco. The distinctive side cusps are well preserved on this beautiful tooth.
About Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias)

Carcharias are and were a genus of shark belonging to the Odontaspididae family, also known as sand sharks. All of the sand shark family have gone completely extinct, with the exception of Carcharias taurus, the sand tiger shark. On average, most Carcharias species were about 8 to 10 feet in length. Carcharias sharks are very similar to their living kin, other mackerel sharks, and had long streamlined bodies and sharp serrated teeth meant for feeding on other fishes. Carcharias species began to emerge in the Cretaceous period over 66 million years ago. With the exception of the aforementioned Sand Tiger shark, all Carcharias species have been extinct as of 12000 years ago. As sharks, they lost and replaced their numerous teeth hundreds if not thousands of times throughout their lives. Because of this, their teeth are fairly common finds in many parts of the world.
Carcharias hopei
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco
Phosphate Deposits
1.1" long
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