Otodus Obliquus Shark Teeth 204mm is the overall width of the block which contains two excellent Mackerel shark teeth, there may be more teeth encapsulated within the rock block, the block being a solid phosphate rock which was once the late palaeocene seabed. These Mackerel sharks were the top predator of the day and from this lineage the modern day Gt. White developed.
Did you know the teeth of the otodus genus were named from the Greek, the meaning otodus derives from ear shaped tooth. The Otodus sharks ranged worldwide, fossil teeth have been found in the fossil record across many continents.
The condition of the teeth is good, displaying a very pleasing light blonde caramel colour tone to the dentin enamel preservation. the block has had conservation inasmuch as the overburden of rock has been remove from the teeth and the block slightly cut to enable a good natural display. The matrix block is crammed with other interest, some of which appear to be shark vertebrae elements.
The Otodus obliquus was a very large Macro-predatory shark with the largest recorded tooth measuring 104 millimetres in length. With each discovery we are able to determine more about these once powerful animals which ranged the globe in prehistoric sea's of the Cenozoic era. Otodus is estimated to have been a fearsome predatory shark which could have grown to a maximum length of 39 feet.
Otodus's prey would have been other marine mammals and fish, also other smaller sharks. Scientist and palaeontologists Theorise that this shark is the ancestor of the great Megalodon of the Miocene period, evolving around 30 to 40 million years after otodus and eventually our modern day Great White sharks. This is the lineage of Carcharocles.