We've recently acquired a fantastic collection of Megalodon teeth so we thought we'd share some amazing facts about these gigantic pre-historic sharks.
1. The largest Predator that ever existed!
Imagine two double decker busses, end to end... and then add another 10 feet! Yes these sharks could grow up to 70 feet in length and could weigh 60 tonnes. (Thats two sherman tanks parked on top of each other!)
2. The Megalodon snacked on Whales.
A massive body requires a massive amount of food. It has been estimated that Megalodons had to consume over 1 tonne of food per day. Fossil evidence points to these gigantic sharks feasting on whales and sea lions. Many fossil whale bones have been found with clear signs of large, bite marks made by teeth matching the Megalodon’s Other excavations have found Megalodon teeth lying next to the chewed remains of whales.
3. Their teeth could be as large as 7inches.
While most fossil records of megalodon teeth are in the region of 4-5 inches, the largest tooth ever found came from Peru and measured a whopping 7.48" long.
4. A seven foot wide grin.
Reconstructions of Megalodon jaws indicate that the average size of their mouths was around 7 foot across
5. The Megalodon has about 276 teeth.
Like modern sharks, the Megalodon discarded it’s teeth frequently as they became worn. It likely have 5 rows of teeth, which acted like a conveyer belt, so that lost teeth could be replaced rapidly, likely within 24-48 hours. While tooth loss rates are poorly understood even in modern-day sharks, it’s likely that a Megalodon went through thousands of teeth during it’s lifetime. The vast majority of fossil Megalodon teeth that are collected show significant feeding wear to the tip, someones with the tips completely sheered off due to hitting bone or other teeth during feeding.