The fossil tooth is from the Otodus species of shark from Morocco that existed in the Eocene period – 56 to 33.9 million years ago! The tooth comes in a presentation box with am overview card.
The name Otodus comes from Greek ὠτ (oûs “ear”) and ὀδούς, “odous (tooth)”, or “ear-shaped tooth”.
This shark is known from the fossil teeth and fossilized vertebral centra. Like other elasmobranchs, the skeleton of Otodus was composed of cartilage and not bone, resulting in relatively few preserved skeletal structures appearing within the fossil record. The teeth of this shark are large with triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots. Some Otodus teeth also show signs of evolving serrations.
Otodus likely preyed upon marine mammals, large bony fish, and other sharks. It was among the top predators of its time.
Before they were a fashion statement, shark teeth were used as a method of survival. Native Hawaiians, called them leiomano, and they served as weapons and to prepare food. They were even passed down to royalty!
We have a wide selection of fossilised shark teeth either in presentation boxes, jewelry or individual pieces which are ideal as part of a collection or separate token.
All our fossilised Shark teeth are environmentally sourced and come with a certificate of authenticity