Curved Fossil Mako Tooth Necklace

This is a unique piece of jewelry featuring a several million year old fossil mako shark tooth from the Bone Valley Formation. The tooth is excellent shape with good enamel preservation, a nicely contrasting root and a sharp tip. It is wrapped with non-tarnish wire and strung on a 22" black suede leather cord with a parrot clasp for easy removal.

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 rename the species to 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 inches in length but teeth over 2 1/2 inches are uncommon and very rare over 3 inches.
Carcharodon (Isurus) hastalis
Bone Valley Formation
1.6 inch tooth, 22 inch necklace
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