Megalodon Tooth Discovered in Croatia

posted: 08/25/15
by: Danny Clemens
Megalodon shark tooth
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A routine riverside shell hunt took an unexpected twist when a Croatian man uncovered a fossilized tooth belonging to Megalodon, a massive prehistoric shark that ruled the oceans during the Cenozoic Era.

Nearly as wide as a human hand, the tooth was discovered on August 21 along the banks of the Kupa river in Croatia. A geologist from the Natural History Museum in Zagreb has confirmed that the tooth likely belonged to Megalodon.

Because sharks are cartilaginous fish lacking a bony skeleton, their teeth and select vertebrae are typically the only body parts that fossilize. The valuable snapshot of Megalodon history is now in the museum's custody and may be part of a future exhibit, Softpedia reports.

Although it has been extinct for more than 2 millions years, Megalodon continues to captivate. The massive creature is believed to have grown to lengths of more than 50 feet, approximately three times longer than the extant great white shark; experts believe that a juvenile Megalodon was approximately the same size as today's full-grown great white. Click here to learn more about Megalodon in Sharkopedia


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