Fossil Giant Mako Shark Tooth - Virginia

This is a 1.21 inch long, nicely colored tooth of Isurus hastalis, an extinct giant mako shark. It comes from Westmoreland County, Virginia and is Miocene in age.

 


Carcharodon (Isurus) hastalis has been historically classified broad-toothed mako shark Eocene epoch to the Pleistocene epoch. Fossil teeth can be found in Miocene and Pliocene deposits worldwide. More recent research has reclassified it as part of the white shark lineage which would make the species name Carcharodon hastalis. You can read more about this here.

Teeth of this shark have been found up to 3 1/2" in length but teeth over 2 1/2" are uncommon and very rare over 3".
DETAILS
SPECIES
Carcharodon (Isurus) hastalis
LOCATION
Westmoreland County, VA
SIZE
1.21
ITEM
#5551
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