Angustiden Shark Teeth – Pre-Megalodon
An angustiden shark tooth is a fossilized tooth from the extinct shark Otodus angustidens. It is a member of the megatooth shark family, which also includes the famous Megalodon. Angustiden shark teeth are characterized by their triangular crowns and small side cusps that are fully serrated. The serrations are very sharp and very well pronounced. The teeth can reach lengths of up to 5 inches. Otodus angustidens lived during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs, about 33 to 22 million years ago. It was a large shark, with adults reaching lengths of up to 11 meters (36 feet). The angustiden shark was a predator of large marine mammals, such as whales and seals. Angustiden shark teeth are found in many parts of the world, but they are especially common in South Carolina. This is because a fossil bed in South Carolina suggests that Otodus angustidens utilized the area as a birthing ground and nursery for their pups.
If you find an angustiden shark tooth, it is a valuable fossil that can be used to learn more about this extinct shark. You should take care to preserve it properly and not damage it.
Here are some additional details about angustiden shark teeth:
- The teeth are typically brown or black in color.
- The root of the tooth is wide and flat.
- The serrations are arranged in a saw-like pattern.
- The teeth are often found in clusters.