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What is this bigger shark tooth?

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Letsurf

I just moved to FL recently and my dad is visiting from MO. We decided to try to find some sharks teeth so headed to Manasota Key to hunt on the beach. We were there for a few hours and found a bunch of smaller teeth. On the way out I found this larger one but it looks really old and rounded compared to a lot of the black ones I've seen. This is only the 2nd time I've been shark tooth hunting here so I have no idea what I'm doing. Is this a megeladon tooth? Any way to determine the age of this one compared to the black ones? 

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Natalie81

It looks like a very worn megalodon

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ynot

Looks more like a hoof core than a tooth.

Can We see picture of the wide end straight on?

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Letsurf
1 hour ago, ynot said:

Looks more like a hoof core than a tooth.

Can We see picture of the wide end straight on?

 

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The Jersey Devil

100% a meg. You can see the faint outline of the bourlette.

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ynot

OK, not a hoof core.

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Mark Kmiecik

That is really, REALLY worn, and yet it is a desirable specimen. Why is that?

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Letsurf
1 hour ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

That is really, REALLY worn, and yet it is a desirable specimen. Why is that?

When I first picked it up I thought it was a rock because of the color and texture. It looks petrified so I thought it may be older than the shiny black ones. I figure it is less desireable than one with a nice shape and details. 

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Mark Kmiecik
Just now, Letsurf said:

When I first picked it up I thought it was a rock because of the color and texture. It looks petrified so I thought it may be older than the shiny black ones. I figure it is less desireable than one with a nice shape and details. 

No, seriously. I really meant it. I would want that in my collection as a example of the extreme wear it can exhibit and still be identified as a fossil.

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Letsurf
3 hours ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

No, seriously. I really meant it. I would want that in my collection as a example of the extreme wear it can exhibit and still be identified as a fossil.

So it's that bad huh lol. I just thought it was common. Maybe that's why I found it because others may have passed it up? Is it common to find larger teeth on the beaches like Manasota Key and Venice? I was starting to get the impression that to get a bigger one I needed to go to the rivers or creeks and do some exploring. 

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