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  • Carcharodon hastalis


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    • This broad tooth mako (or broad tooth white shark) is near the max size for its species. It is a massive tooth, that at first glance when found, made me think it was a meg. But just for a moment. Most C. hastalis found are 2" or less. Whether you call this Carcharodon or Cosmopolitodus it is a desirable tooth and is currently thought to be the ancestor of the Great White Shark; Carcharodon carcharias. 

    Taxonomy

    Broad tooth mako

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Chondrichthyes
    Order: Lamniformes
    Family: Lamnidae
    Genus: Carcharodon
    Species: C. hastalis
    Author Citation Agassiz, 1843

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Cenozoic
    Period: Neogene
    Epoch: Pliocene
    International Age: Zanclean

    Stratigraphy

    Yorktown Formation

    Provenance

    Collector: Don Rideout
    Date Collected: 10/13/2017
    Acquired by: Field Collection

    Dimensions

    Blank: 3.23"
    Width: 2 7/8"

    Location

    Craven County
    North Carolina
    United States

    Comments

    This broad tooth mako (or broad tooth white shark) is near the max size for its species. It is a massive tooth, that at first glance when found, made me think it was a meg. But just for a moment. Most C. hastalis found are 2" or less. Whether you call this Carcharodon or Cosmopolitodus it is a desirable tooth and is currently thought to be the ancestor of the Great White Shark; Carcharodon carcharias. 



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