Megalodon renowned for being the largest, most powerful predator shark of vertebrate prehistory, the Megalodon Carcharodon had a profound impact on the marine Miocene environment. Evident in the extraordinary discoveries of modern times. From the Miocene to the Pliocene epoch’s (the Neogene period) Megalodon's preyed on ancient, miniature whales named Piscobalaena nana as well as large seals.
The question of why such a proficient and powerful hunter should have become extinct has recently been readdressed and a new piece of the puzzle utheorised through new finds in fossil bones. The miniature whale P. nana lived in warm coastal waters, they became extinct around the same time as Megalodon, in fact around 400,000 years after the whale's extinction Megalodon left the fossil record. At around that time, some three million years ago, a glacial freeze caused water temperatures and sea levels to drop, it is believed these factors caused the miniature whale to become extinct.
In their place, larger whales that were better adapted to colder waters came to dominate the marine scene and Megalodon perhaps struggled to compete with the larger cetaceans and predate them due to their size. Also, the leviathans would migrate to the poles where Megalodon was ill-equipped to deal with much cooler temperatures and could not possibly follow. The research has been taken from the study of bones from the fossil remains of miniature whales and seals, displaying bite marks of the Megalodon teeth, suggesting these marine cetaceans were the shark's main source of prey and not, as previously thought, the larger whales.
Megalodon reaching a maximum length of 16 to 18 metres, approximately 52 to 59 ft, it's the closest living resemblance is the Great White shark, 'Carcharodon carcharias'. However, fossil Megalodon remains suggest that its build was much stockier than that of the modern-day Gt. White sharks.
The sharks greatest weapon were 250 teeth, set in rows in the enormous jaws which continually rolled forward and were lost as the animal bit into prey, so it's no surprise to see many of them discovered in the fossil deposits of North America. However, finding teeth of rare size and of desirable quality proves more problematic. Fossil hunter-divers having to search further and longer, which brings more challenges, longer dives with specialist equipment, fraught with many other professional and health and safety issues and more expense. It is no surprise that the price of good teeth keeps ahead of inflation. Our selection is of high quality, with outstanding enamel preservation. Found in the Beaufort county of South Carolina, USA and other locations, dating back to the Miocene epoch.