Largest shark tooth

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Largest shark tooth

Last updated: February 6, 2018 at 17:12 pm
Carcharocles megalodon – The teeth of this extinct shark of the Miocene and Pliocene eras could measure over 18 cm (7 in) long. The largest ever shark species measuring up to 16 m (53 ft) in length ruled the oceans 16 to 1.5 million years ago. It had over 250 teeth in its jaws, spanning five rows. Megalodon teeth are commonly found by divers in the Cooper River in South Carolina, as well as off the coast of North Carolina. Megalodon translates to “big tooth”, from Ancient Greek: μέγαςtranslit. (megas)lit. “big, mighty” and οδόντος (odontús), “tooth.”¹
SOURCE:
Renz, Mark (2002). Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter. Lehigh Acres, Florida: PaleoPress. pp. 1–159.
Megalodon. (2018, January 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:59, February 6, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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