A researcher in the US said the photo of a triangular tooth that went viral on social media was of Megalodon, a prehistoric great white shark. According to a Reddit user who posted the photo, the tooth was recently discovered in a phosphate mine.
In the post, user BushyBeaver187 asked other Reddit users to identify it. While sharing the post, the user wrote, “Help Identity”.
“Girlfriend found this at a phosphate mine. After a Google search we’re trying to figure out if this is a great white tooth or a megalodon tooth. Any help is appreciated. high price,” he added in the comments section.
Many Reddit users have offered their own explanations.
“Looks pretty fossilized and too big to be a great white tooth. I think you got yourself a Megalodon tooth here,” one user wrote.
Another user said, “Not sure why you’re being deprecated, I’m pretty sure it’s a meg tooth. The size alone indicates a megalodon. Also, not an expert, but pretty decent. an enthusiast.”
Ashby Gale, a paleontologist and owner of Charleston Fossil Adventures, says Newsweek that the tooth really belongs to Megalodon. According to him, the fossil could be between 3.6 and 15.9 million years old.
According to the source, shark teeth can easily be turned into fossils, but the remains of the animal are rarely discovered that way. The size of Megalodon’s teeth in the Reddit photo is unclear. The largest one ever discovered was over 7 inches long, indicating that the shark was huge. Megalodons are marine creatures found in most oceans.
The iconic shark is thought to have gone extinct 3.6 million years ago.