A 6-year-old boy was on the lookout for shells and fossils together with his father on a U.Ok. seashore when he picked up a uncommon tooth belonging to a megalodon — the most important shark that has ever lived.
Sammy Shelton found the megalodon tooth on Bawdsey Seashore in Suffolk on the east coast of England, as first reported by the Great Yarmouth Mercury, a information outlet masking Nice Yarmouth within the neighboring county of Norfolk, the place the boy is from. The tooth measured 4 inches (10 centimeters) lengthy, in line with The Mirror, a British information web site.
“We knew what it was however not how uncommon it was,” Peter Shelton, the boy’s father, instructed the Nice Yarmouth Mercury.
The seashore is a well-liked web site for fossil hunters, who instructed the Sheltons that discovering a megalodon tooth there may be uncommon.
Megalodon enamel are fairly widespread in some locations, together with off the East Coast of North America and off the coast of Morocco. Nonetheless, they’re “extraordinarily uncommon” within the U.Ok., in line with the Natural History Museum in London.
Megalodon (Otodus megalodon) dominated the oceans on the prime of the meals chain, chomping down giant prey akin to whales and dolphins, till it disappeared from the fossil report by the tip of the Pliocene epoch about 2.6 million years in the past. Scientists are nonetheless debating megalodon’s exact size, however the large sharks possible reached a minimum of 49 toes (15 meters) lengthy and will have been as large as 65 toes (20 m) lengthy, Stay Science beforehand reported.
The most important megalodon enamel can attain greater than 7 inches (17.8 cm) in size, which is greater than twice so long as the enamel of the most important great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), in line with the Kentucky Geological Survey on the College of Kentucky.
Sharks shed and develop new enamel all through their lifetimes, so shark enamel are repeatedly falling to the seafloor the place they might change into fossilized. The sheer variety of shark enamel which have been shed all through their historical past helps improve the possibilities that some are preserved and located by people after tens of millions of years.
The 2018 sci-fi film “The Meg” pits a large megalodon towards actor Jason Statham, who coincidentally lived in Nice Yarmouth when he was younger, in line with The Guardian
Initially revealed on Stay Science.