Shark Tooth

Georgia State Fossil

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Megalodon fossil shark tooth

Carcharodon megalodon fossil shark tooth; Aurora, North Carolina, USA.   Photo by James St. John/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution).

Official State Fossil of Georgia

Georgia designated the shark tooth as the official state fossil in 1976. All State Fossils

A fairly common fossil on the Georgia coastal plain, fossilized shark teeth are prized by collectors. These prehistoric shark teeth are found in a range of colors - most common are black or gray, less common are the white, brown, blue, and reddish-brown teeth.

Many types of sharks lived in prehistoric Georgia - the oldest teeth date back about 375 million years. One of the largest extinct species of shark tooth was Otodontidae Carcharocles megalodon (whose fossilized teeth are pictured here - North Carolina specifically names megalodon teeth as the official state fossil).

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Images

Megalodon shark jaws; National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland.  Photo by Wally Gobetz/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/no derivative works).

Megalodon shark jaws

Megalodon fossil shark tooth; collected from eastern seaboard of North America.  Photo by James St. John/Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Megalodon fossil shark tooth

Videos

Fooled by Nature - Shark Teeth