Real Fossil Megalodon Partial Tooth - 3 - 4"

Now you can own a real fossil of the most fearsome predator to ever inhabit Earth's oceans, the gigantic Megalodon shark. This authentic, partial fossil tooth was collected from the Hawthorn Formation in the SE United States (The Carolinas or Georgia) and is between 2.6 and 15 million years old. For every whole tooth that is found, many partial teeth and fragments will be collected.

The photos of representative of the fossil tooth you will receive and the packaging that it comes in. The fragments included typically represent 1/3 to 1/2 of a full tooth and are 3" - 4" in length. A tooth of this size would have come from a prehistoric, mega-shark in the 30 to 40 foot range. Each fossil Megalodon tooth fragment comes nicely packaged along with an information card and authenticity guarantee. As a reminder, you will receive one partial Megalodon tooth selected at random from our inventory.

We have these pre-packaged, fossil, Megalodon tooth fragments available for wholesale purchase in quantity. Please contact us for details.

The megalodon was not only the biggest and baddest prehistoric shark that ever lived, it was the largest marine predator in the history of the planet. Today’s great white sharks would be a mere bite-size snack for this monster. It terrorized the diverse ocean waters around the world from 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, from the late Oligocene to the early Pleistocene. This massive and extinct species of shark was estimated to grow to nearly 60 feet in length and has often been declared the greatest vertebrate predator that ever lived.

Reconstructed jaws on display at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Reconstructed jaws on display at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

These mega-toothed sharks were a giant and more robust version of the great white. They had 276 teeth in 5 rows and, like today's sharks, shed their teeth throughout their lifetime. The largest megalodon teeth on record reached a staggering 7.5 inches (190mm)! Compare this to the largest great whites, whose teeth top out around 3 inches long. Wow!

Their teeth were bone-crunching and flesh-cutting tools evolved for grasping powerful prey such as baleen whales. Fossil evidence supports that megalodon focused its attack on the hard, bony parts of its prey, such as rib cages, flippers, shoulders, and spines, effectively disabling large whales and harming major organs such as the heart and lungs. This strategy explains their thick, robust teeth.

Megalodon had a cosmopolitan (global) distribution and its giant teeth can be found in deposits throughout the world. Some are collected on land in phosphate deposits, while many are collected from rivers and coastlines after eroding out of the rocks. This contributes to the water-worn, polished appearance of many teeth.

The standard measure for megalodon teeth is slant height, or the longest edge of the tooth. Adult megalodon teeth were typically in the 4 to 5 inch range: teeth over 6 inches are rare and represent super-sized individuals. Only a handful of teeth have ever been found over seven inches.

No one knows for sure why the megalodon went extinct 2.6 million years ago, but the cooling of the climate and gradual disappearance of many of the large whales it relied on for food are suspects.
Megalodon Tooth
Carcharocles megalodon
Miocene (2.6 to 15 Million Years)
Hawthorn Formation
SE United States
3" - 4"