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The South Carolina couple discovers a giant Megaldon shark tooth in a muddy river bed


The South Carolina couple spotted a giant Megaldon shark tooth in a muddy river bed that is larger than a human hand and weighs about a pound

  • South Carolina has millions of fossils that attract people from all over the world
  • A couple explored the Stono River outside of Charleston last month
  • The couple spotted something gray sticking out of the muddy river bed
  • When they pulled it off the floor, they found it was a Megaldon tooth
  • The tooth is 5.75 inches from tip to root and at least three million years old

A South Carolina couple made a surprising discovery when exploring the Stono River outside of Charleston – they found a prehistoric megalodon shark tooth that was larger than a human hand.

Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens and her husband Simon Chandley Owens were walking along a muddy river bed when they discovered a pointed gray structure that protruded from the ground and was certain that it was a "shark tooth".

"If it is a tooth, it will be the largest we have ever found," Jessica said during the video, wiping mud away to show that it was actually a tooth.

The couple said the tooth was 5.75 inches from tip to root, weighed just under a pound, and was three to five million years old.

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Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens (right) and her husband Simon Chandley Owens (left) were walking along a muddy river bed when she discovered a pointed gray structure that protruded from the ground and was certain it was a "shark tooth" .

The couple posted a video about the discovery on Facebook, in which both gasp for excitement when they saw the tooth in the mud.

"I'm literally crying," Jessica said, holding the old tooth in her hands.

"If I never find a shark tooth again, I'll be fine! And maybe we were a little excited when we found it lmao, ”she said on her Facebook page.

The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston had the following to say about the couple's find: "This is a great meg find – such discoveries are why Charleston is known as the megalodon capital of the world!"

The couple noticed a gray structure between the rocks

The couple posted a video about the discovery on Facebook, in which both gasp for excitement when they saw the tooth in the mud. "I'm literally crying," Jessica said, holding the old tooth in her hands

The couple noticed a gray structure between the rocks. The couple posted a video about the discovery on Facebook, in which both gasp for excitement when they saw the tooth in the mud. "I'm literally crying," Jessica said, holding the old tooth in her hands

"Well done, we can tell you that you were excited! An age is likely to have weathered out of the Goose Creek limestone, i.e. in the Pliocene (~ 3-5 million years old). & # 39;

Both Jessica and Simon searched for shark teeth in the riverbed for 10 minutes before making the surprising discovery.

Megalodon is the largest shark species that has ever lived. It is 60 feet long and three times the size of the largest of today's whites.

And the earliest megalodon fossils date from 20 million years ago.

South Carolina has millions of fossils that attract tourists from around the world in search of hidden treasures.

The first fossil found in the United States was discovered on a plantation in 1725 when slaves dug a tooth from a Colombian mammoth, which is now the official state fossil of South Carolina.

In 2018, John Taylor claimed to have found an entire woolly mammoth skeleton in a river near Beaufort – but refused to disclose where the remains were hidden.

A couple from South Carolina (Simon Owens on the left and Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens on the right) made a surprising discovery while exploring the Stono River outside of Charleston. They found a prehistoric megalodon shark tooth that is larger than a human hand.

A couple from South Carolina (Simon Owens on the left and Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens on the right) made a surprising discovery while exploring the Stono River outside of Charleston. They found a prehistoric megalodon shark tooth that is larger than a human hand.

The couple said the tooth was 5.75 inches from tip to root,

It weighs just under a pound and is three to five million years old

The couple said the tooth was 5.75 inches from tip to root, weighed just under a pound, and was three to five million years old.

However, scientists were skeptical because a complete mammoth skeleton was rarely found and wondered whether it was another animal or just fragments of a mammoth.

If Taylor was right about his find, it would be of great scientific interest, especially if he was killed by humans, and showed that there were people in the area at the same time.

So far, only scattered bones and teeth of the hairy giant elephants have been found in the state, which died out 10,000 years ago.

WHAT IS THE MEGALODON?

The megalodon, which means big tooth, lived 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago.

C. megalodon is considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in the history of vertebrates. Fossil remains suggest that it has become up to 18 meters long.

It is believed that the monster looked like a stockier version of the great white shark feared today and weighed up to 100 tons.

Megalodon is known from petrified vertebrae and teeth, which are triangular and have a diagonal length of almost 20 cm.

The famous fossil hunter Vito & # 39; Megalodon & # 39; It took Bertucci almost 20 years to reconstruct the jaw of a megalodon – the largest ever assembled – measuring 11 feet in diameter and almost 9 to 9 feet in height.

The colossal mouth of the Megalodon would have produced a force of 10.8 to 18.2 tons.

The ancient shark was described as a super predator because it was able to swim at high speed and quickly kill a variety of prey such as sea turtles and whales in its strong jaws.

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