Fossilized shark teeth

Fossilized shark teeth

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Caption: Fossilized shark teeth excavated from an open mine in Florida, USA. The three largest specimens are from the extinct giant great white shark (Carcharocles megalodon). The smaller teeth are from modern shark species, which indicates how large megalodon was compared to these modern species. From specimens like these, scientists have estimated that megalodon (meaning 'giant tooth') may have been around 16m long which is three times the length of the great white (Carcharodon carcharias), the longest modern shark species (approximately 6m). The specimens date from the Pliocene to the Miocene epochs.

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