Little boy discovers massive shark tooth millions of years old

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A six-year-old child searching for shark teeth on a British beach has found the four-inch tooth of a megalodon, buried for at least three million years.

Sammy Shelton found the tooth with his father Peter on Bawdsey Beach, Gorleston-on-Sea in Suffolk; it is a place where many people come to look for different seashells, shark teeth and fossils from recent and bygone eras.

Semi-professional fossil hunters with trowels and kneepads for kneeling in the mud told father and son it was nearly impossible to find megalodon teeth in Britain, despite the fact that they have been found almost everywhere on Earth.

“Sammy was very excited as we had seen fragments of shark teeth on the beach, but nothing as big and heavy as that,” Mr Shelton told the BBC, adding that the little boy had become “very attached ” and that he even sleeps with it.

“Now that Sammy has found this it has really piqued his interest. [in paleontology] and he took it to school to show it to his class,” Mr Shelton told the Mercury of Great Yarmouth.

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Megalodon did not live alongside the dinosaurs, but evolved as Earth returned to prosper after the catastrophe that wiped them out. They were three times larger than a great white shark, believed to have the most powerful bite of any animal, land or sea, to have ever lived, and sailed the sea between 23 and 3 million years ago .

Such a massive body ensures no one can swallow you, but with a diet of animals as big as whales, his life largely depended on the presence of equally huge sea creatures – a status quo that will never last forever. , as The History of the Earth testifies.

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When the megalodon (meaning big tooth) became extinct, it did so not just from a position at the top of the food chain, but from an extreme distribution, spreading throughout the seas of the world to the exception of Antarctica with its 60 tons and 18 meters long. mass.

TV scientist personality and author Ben Garrod shared the excitement of little Sammy as the tooth was so well preserved you could even see the enamel inside. Garrod added that he had searched for a megalodon tooth all his life, but had never found one, and you find maybe two or three a year in Britain, and that they are normally very eroded.

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