A boy by chance made an incredible prehistoric discovery whereas having fun with trip at North Myrtle Seashore, South Carolina. In response to Palmetto Fossil Excursions (PFE), the boy found a 4.75-inch tooth belonging to the extinct megatooth shark Carcharocles angustidens whereas collaborating in a fossil-hunting tour close to Summerville.
The Palmetto Fossil Excursions shared a publish on Fb on Thursday congratulating the boy that included pictures of him holding the found tooth.
“CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! This younger man simply scored a 4.75″ Angustiden tooth in our Premium Gravel Layer piles on a dry dig!!! Simply to present perspective – Any Angustiden over 4″ is the equal of discovering a 6″ Meg, and an Angustiden at 4.75″ is the equal of discovering a 6.5″ Megalodon tooth!! Once more, congratulations kiddo! Really the discover of a lifetime,” the publish learn.
The publish acquired lots of of likes and quite a few feedback praising the boy for his love with fossils at this early age.
“Wow, that’s one wonderful fossil! Congratulations,” wrote a consumer whereas one other stated, “Meet a future paleontologist! Good job younger man.”
In response to PFE, discovering a tooth from this extinct shark species that’s longer than 4 inches is equal to discovering a Megalodon tooth that’s 6.5 inches lengthy, Newsweek reported.
The long-lasting shark species generally known as Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon) is believed to have extinct 3.6 million years in the past. Over 20 million years in the past, the earliest stays of it had been found.
One of many greatest and most formidable predators to have ever existed was the Megalodon. The Pure Historical past Museum in London states that some estimates place its most size at between 50 and 60 toes, the outlet additional stated.
The Florida Museum of Pure Historical past states that Megalodon enamel can attain lengths of as much as 7 inches, nevertheless 3 to five inches is the extra typical vary. Which means any tooth from this prehistoric species that’s bigger than 6.5 inches could be categorised as an enormous specimen.