Imagine strolling one day at the beach, looking at how the noon-tides break upon the shores, pondering your place in this world and then suddenly you look down and see something glittering in the sand. You pick it up and you suddenly discover that what you are holding in your hand is not a plain rock, but a tooth! Megalodon Shark teeth were discovered in North Carolina, more specifically on the northern beaches.
Apart from giving you the indistinct feeling that you are part of a cast crew for the new “Jaws!” movie, it seem that they these shark teeth, washed upon the shore by the high tides and the recent storms could hold the key to unlocking more facts on history of these early predators.
The lucky fellow who made this discovery was Denny Bland, a true beachgoer. Amazed by his finding, he declared that he felt like he won the lottery when he discovered the unusual shark tooth.
According to scientific literature, the Megalodon is part of the shark family and lived on Earth approximately 28 to 15 million years ago during the Cenozoic era. This creature is considered to be the largest and the most powerful predator that lived on Earth. Scientist theorized, based on the number of the fossils found around the globe, that the Megalodon shark measured 14 to 18 meters in length. Also, its teeth measures approximately 170 mm over the diagonal.
The Megalodon is considered to be the great white shark’s distant ancestor and, according to specialist in the field of Paleontology, it had a great impact on the ocean’s fauna. Cynthia Crane, a fossil researcher from the Aurora Fossil Museum, said that Mister Bland’s discovery could offer an insight into the creature’s past.
Experts estimated that the Megalodon shark went extinct 2.6 million years ago, but it had a great impact on other sea creatures that could have evolved from it such as the great white shark of the filter feeder whales.
Even though Megalodon Shark teeth were discovered in North Carolina, these creatures used to dwell in all the oceans.
Regarding the shark teeth, experts state that a Megalodon teeth structure is more resistant and shaper than the teeth of a Tyrannosaur Rex. Also, if we take into account that every inch of a shark’s tooth is equal to about 10 feet of its body, we can safely assume that the former owner of this tooth was 60 feet long.
Ongoing research aided by the fortuitous discoveries, can help shed a light on the life and behavior of this magnificent predator.
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