While The Meg, currently in theaters scaring audiences, is clearly fiction, megalodons are real. They aren’t terrorizing beach-goers and boaters because this species of giant sharks went extinct millions of years ago, but you can still find and buy Real Fossilized Megalodon Teeth.
Pictured at the top is a massive 6+” Carcharocles megalodon tooth fossil discovered in the Hawthorn Formation in Georgia. This large tooth would likely have come from a super-sized Megalodon shark that was over 50 feet long.
Megalodon was not only the biggest and baddest prehistoric shark that ever lived; it was the largest marine predator in the history of the planet. Today’s great white sharks would be a mere bite size snack for this monster. It terrorized the diverse ocean waters around the world from 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). This massive, extinct species of shark was estimated to grow to nearly 60 feet in length and has often been declared the greatest vertebrate predator which ever lived.
These mega-tooth sharks were a giant and more robust version of the great white. They had 276 teeth in 5 rows and like todays sharks shed their teeth throughout their lifetime. The largest Megalodon teeth on record reached a stagger 7.5 inches (190mm). Compare this to the largest great whites who’s teeth top out around 3 inches long. Wow.
You can purchase Fossil Megalodon Teeth from Fossil Era. Prices range from $25 for the small ones up to $1,795 for the biggest and best specimens that include a display stand.