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Otodus obliquus Shark Tooth in Matrix
Otodus obliquus Shark Tooth in Matrix
Otodus obliquus Shark Tooth in Matrix
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Otodus obliquus Shark Tooth in Matrix

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Specimen is approx 2.25" x 1.75" matrix is approx 3.75" x 3.25"

Kem Kem Fossil Beds - Morocco

Otodus is an extinct genus of mackerel shark which lived from the Paleocene to the Miocene epoch. The name Otodus comes from Ancient Greek ὠτ and ὀδούς – thus, "ear-shaped tooth". Wiki

Ototodus' greatest claim to fame is that it seems to have been directly ancestral to Megalodon, the 50-foot-long, 50-ton predatory behemoth that ruled the world's oceans right until the cusp of the modern era. (This is not to diminish Otodus' own place in the record books; this prehistoric shark was at least one and one-half times as big as the biggest Great White Sharks alive today.) Paleontologists have established this evolutionary link by examining the similarities between these two sharks' teeth; specifically, the teeth of Otodus show early hints of the flesh-ripping serrations that would later characterize the teeth of Megalodon.