This SUPERB large, complete tooth from a prehistoric Sperm Whale of the family Physeteridae, dates back to the Miocene/ Pliocene Period, the days of the Megalodon shark. A unique feature of this fossil tooth is the prominent shark bite near the gumline. This happened either during battle with a shark or, after the whale died and was being eaten. This tooth was found in association with Megalodon fossil shark teeth.
Fossil Sperm whale teeth in this condition of completeness are rare and far scarcer than Megalodon teeth. Unlike sharks, toothed whales did not replace their teeth hence the RARITY of fossil whale teeth! Finding a complete specimen with full crown and complete, undamaged root is VERY rare. This amazing tooth is heavy and massive, representing the extreme bite force these predators must have exerted on their teeth by its enormous solid root. The crown has typical wrinkled enamel. The tip is complete with light natural feeding wear. This specimen does not have a single break and was found whole with full crown and closed, complete mature root! A prize like this deserves a place in the finest fossil collections of apex predator fossils.
Just as T. rex ruled its domain in its day, the Sperm Whale ruled the ancient seas and shared the title of "king" with the Megalodon shark in the Miocene-Pliocene Period. Surviving the extinction of Megalodon, even now the Sperm whale has no rival. The Sperm whale is and was the largest of all the toothed whales. Male Sperm whales can grow to lengths in excess of 60 feet making them THE largest predator living in the sea today. They are truly the kings of the ocean realm.
This fossil is perfect to display alongside a Megalodon shark tooth collection as this creature would have shared the same waters and served as the main food source for the largest and most dangerous shark that ever lived, the Megalodon shark.
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