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Boy Finds Enormous Tooth of Prehistoric Megatooth Shark in South Carolina

Boy finds enormous tooth of prehistoric megatooth shark

A young boy has found an enormous tooth from a prehistoric shark in South Carolina.

Prehistoric shark tooth

A boy accidentally made an amazing prehistoric discovery while enjoying a vacation at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to Palmetto Fossil Excursions (PFE), the boy discovered a 4.75-inch tooth belonging to the extinct megatooth shark Carcharocles angustidens while participating in a fossil-hunting excursion near Summerville.

The Palmetto Fossil Excursions posted a message on Facebook

On Thursday, The Palmetto Fossil Excursions posted a message on Facebook praising the youngster and showing pictures of him with the found teeth.

“CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! This young man just scored an Angustiden tooth 4.75″ in our Premium Gravel pile on a dried peach!!! Just to make a point – Any Angustiden over 4″ is equivalent to finding a Meg 6″, and an Angustiden at 4.75″ is equivalent to finding a 6.5″ Megalodon tooth!! Once again, congratulations kiddo! Truly the find of a lifetime,” the post read.

The post received hundreds of likes and countless comments praising the boy for his love of fossils as a child.

“Wow, that’s an amazing fossil! Congratulations,” wrote one user while another said, “Meet a future paleontologist! Well done young man.”

According to PFE, the discovery of a tooth more than 4 inches long in this extinct shark is equivalent to the discovery of a 6.5-inch Megalodon tooth, Newsweek reported.

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The iconic shark known as the Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) is thought to have gone extinct 3.6 million years ago. More than 20 million years ago, its earliest remains were discovered.

Prehistoric shark tooth
A young boy has found an enormous tooth of a prehistoric shark in South Carolina. Above, is a reconstruction of a prehistoric shark’s jaw. (Photo: ISTOCK)

One of the largest and most formidable predators that ever existed was the Megalodon. The Natural History Museum in London claims that some estimates place its maximum length between 50 and 60 feet, the outlet added.

The Florida Museum of Natural History states that Megalodon teeth can reach up to 7 inches in length, however, 3 to 5 inches is the more typical range. This means that any tooth from this prehistoric species larger than 6.5 inches can be classified as a large specimen.


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