Super 1.38 Inch Hemipristis Tooth - Lee Creek

This is a very nice Hemipristis serra from the Lee Creek Mine in North Carolina. This mine has been shut down to collectors for several years so it's rare to see teeth like this one on the market anymore. It has great serrations and beautiful coloration which is typical for the locality.

Hemipristis teeth are some of the most beautiful and horrifying dentition in the entire shark world. Hemipristis, known as the snaggletooth sharks, belong to a genus of weasel sharks. The genus Hemipristis contains one surviving species, as well as several extinct species.

Hemipristis use their morbid grin as an instrument of death. It hooks and slices prey using two distinct types of teeth in each section of its jaw. The broad, triangular teeth on the upper jaw act as serrated knives, cutting through the flesh of the prey. The pointed ones on the bottom act like forks, spearing the prey and holding it down. They have very long, strongly hooked cusps and protrude when the mouth is closed.

Giant snaggletooth sharks that terrorized the Atlantic Ocean during the Tertiary were considerably larger than their modern relatives. Marks made by the teeth of H. serra are often found on the bones of the manatee Metaxytherium, suggesting that H. serra had an affinity for sirenians (Sea Cows).

Hemipristis curvatus is an extinct species which existed during the Eocene (55.8-33.8 mya). It was followed by Hemipristis serra, which lived through the Oligocene-
Miocene (33.9-5.2 mya) of Florida, South Carolina, and other areas on the Atlantic coast. Hemispristis preferred warm water. As the temperature of the oceans cooled with the approach of the Pliocene, Hemispristis retreated from northern latitudes before becoming extinct.

Hemipristis teeth are coveted for the exotic shape and beautiful color. Teeth from the southern Atlantic Coast are especially prized.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Hemipristis serra
LOCATION
Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina
FORMATION
Pungo River Formation
SIZE
1.38"
ITEM
#1675
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