Shark fossils are extremely rare because sharks have no bones, only cartilage, which does not fossilize well. Their teeth, however, are very hard. Their teeth are made of a bone-like material coated with hard enamel and they fossilize very well.
Megalodon teeth are similar to those of the Great White Shark, but are much bigger, thicker, and with finer serrrations. Megalodon's jaws could open 1.8 m wide and 2.1m high. It could easily swallow a large Great White Shark whole!
Megalodon teeth are the rarest and foster incredible collector demand far in excess of their availability. Carcharodon Megalodon evolved about 20 million years ago. Many experts believe that this amazing beast grew to over 65 feet in length and weighed over 25 tons. They produced teeth up to 7 inches when measured along the diagonal.
Color Variation in Megalodon Teeth
Differences in coloration of fossil shark teeth are due to differences in the chemistry of the sediment into which they were deposited. For example, the yellowish color of the smaller specimen is probably due to a relatively high concentration of iron salts in the sediment, while the greyish-black color of the larger specimen is probably due to a relatively high concentration of chromium and mica.
Megalodon teeth are highly prized by fossil collectors, especially large teeth in excellent condition.
the larger the tooth the higher the price