Giant Hand-Sized Shark Teeth Wash Up On North Carolina Beach

Posted: Oct 26 2015, 9:59pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Hand-Sized Giant Shark Teeth Found on North Carolina Shore
Credit: Surf City Gazette, Holly Ridge

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The teeth fossil are about six inches long and belong to an ancient Megalodon shark, the largest shark ever found in the ocean.

A beachgoer has found several massive shark teeth on the shore of North Topsail Beach in North Carolina. The teeth belong to the ancient Megalodon shark that lived millions of years ago and was supposed to be the most massive shark ever to swim through the ocean.

“Megalodon was the largest, humongous shark that roamed the ancient seaways during the Miocene-Pliocene time – mainly mid Miocene to Pliocene – which is about 15 millions to 5 million years ago.” Cynthia Crane, director of Aurora Fossil Museum in North Carolina told WITN.

The new fossilized teeth are also one of the largest ever found. Some of the teeth measured almost six inches long and are so huge that it can cover an entire adult palm. The largest ever found was more than seven inches long.

Teeth can help determine the size of the shark’s body. Looking at the size of teeth, a study estimated that Megalodon could grow up to 60 feet long and had a bite more powerful than Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest flesh-eating animals of all time.

But what caused the extinction of the giant Megalodon, it’s still a mystery. It is supposed that the large size of the shark might have made them more vulnerable to extinction.

“When you have a very large organism like Megalodon, that can be very good or bad,” said co-author Catalina Pimiento, at the time when the study was released. “Perhaps something was going on with the productivity and climate that produced that pattern, or with their prey and their competitors that made the species become large.”

It has been reported that recently discovered giant shark teeth washed up on the east coast after recent storms unearthed them from the ocean floor.

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