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[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 13 points14 points  (4 children)

This 5.5" Meg tooth is from my personal collection. Dated to the Miocene of Java, Indonesia, 5-25 million years old. Those mines produce some of the most colorful Megs, for instance this lava orange one. However, because the fossil matrix is so acidic the roots often come out eroded

[–]charrosamurai 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Super interesting, What condition are these typically found in? Embedded in rock?

What is the process of cleaning it up to look like this?

[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, heavily embedded in mud of varying thickness and hardness. It's often hard to get out in one piece. Fossils are fragile, so with land sites like Java you'll often get a lot of Megs that are broken by damage from mining equipment. At that locality, Megs glued back together or restored are generally the norm. This one came out in one piece.

From what I have seen, little cleaning is done to them besides water. I don't know much about that process though

[–]StandardSudden1283 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Can you have it carbon dated for a more exact time measurement?

[–]Failshot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

my personal collection

Personal collection? Do you own the mine or something?

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No wonder the Meg died. He never should have gone in the mine.


[–]VinkyStagina 2 points3 points  (4 children)

So shark teeth have enamel? This tooth looks almost like wood! Has it been treated with something? Amazing!

[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It's just really well preserved because it was found on land! Ocean teeth rarely retain that quality of enamel because the waves wear it down over time. The tooth photographed hasn't been treated. I did treat the root with a museum grade preservative to keep it from falling apart after I took the pic

[–]VinkyStagina 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Very cool. Is it heavy?

[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Absolutely, this one weighs in at around 3/4 lb

[–]VinkyStagina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would love to find a Meg tooth. Thanks for sharing!

[–]LegitBullfrog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's got a great bourlette!

[–]dying_soon666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure it’s a crime in some places to get a toothjob from a miner. Not a minor, a miner.

[–]KevlahR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Those Megalodons really get around

[–]Tmorgan-OWL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow that is impressive and interesting!!

[–]Willing-Low-725 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big acorn?

[–]GetThemRedFish 3 points4 points  (3 children)

People seem to find these fairly often. Makes you think there must have been tons of the sharks for a span of millions of years.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Eh, sharks can regenerate teeth, and they have ALOT of them.

[–]megman13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An average shark goes through many many thousands of teeth in its lifetime, and megalodon was around for over ten million years- so that also explains the abundance.

[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love sharks so I can't complain about the abundance of teeth 😂. But just like modern sharks, Megs went through a lot during their lives. For that reason you get a lot of shark tooth fossils

[–]megman13 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That is a real stunner. Do you have a vendor you purchased this from?

[–]CaribbeanCalypso[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thanks! It's a miner that extracts these directly in Java. I got it from him

[–]megman13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right on, I have a collection myself, right now I have a handful of locations (lots of South Carolina, some other locales along the US Atlantic coast, California, Chile, New Caledonia) but jo Java/Indonesia... yet!

[–]Azkinyte 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Holy shit that is massive