Facts about Megalodon Teeth

Did you know? Megalodon literally means “Big Tooth” in Greek.

One glance at a Megalodon tooth up close and you will immediately understand why that’s the perfect name for this prehistoric giant. Megalodon’s teeth were an average of 5-7 inches. Essentially over half a foot long, serrated and heart shaped.  To put this in perspective – consider the fact that the biggest teeth of a Great White Shark are only 3 inches! You would have to go back another 60 million years past Meg to none other than the Tyrannosaurus Rex to find a creature worthy of a tooth vs. tooth battle with Megalodon. In total, Megalodon had 46 front row teeth, 24 in the upper jaw and 22 in the lower. Most sharks have at least six rows of teeth, so a Megalodon had about 276 teeth at any given time.

According to Fossil Facts & Finds, Megalodon teeth have been found all over the world, and are highly prized by fossil collectors, especially large teeth in excellent condition. Two to five inch teeth are fairly common. Teeth over five inches are sought after by collectors because of their rarity. Teeth of this size in excellent condition sell for one to many thousands of dollars. Seven inch Megalodon teeth have been found but are extremely rare.

You can try to go dig up and find your OWN Megalodon tooth fossil…OR why not plan a visit to Adventure Aquarium?  Now through September 3, witness Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived. Walk through a 60-foot Megalodon replica, touch Megalodon tooth replicas, see actual tooth specimens, get up close to a Megalodon jaw series and learn all about this massive predator that once roamed the earth’s oceans nearly 5 million years ago!

For details and tickets, visit AdventureAquarium.com.

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