The following info may be of very little help except through the process of
elimination, but your specimen does not have the right preservation for a
Megalodon tooth from the Red Crag Nodule Bed in Suffolk, a source of a great
number of Megalodon teeth in UK museum collections.
That's all the help I can offer with this one.
With best wishes, Nigel.
> Hello All
> I have recently been working on a collection of material from the HMS
> Challenger (1872-1876) expedition. With the collection was this C.megalodon
> tooth. Sadly there was no label with the specimen.
> Several teeth of these sharks were found in dredgings on two occasions
> the expedition. On one occasion 2 teeth were found but on another many more
> meg teeth were found.
> There is one figured here on page 805
> But these teeth are hollow.
> I have doubts that this tooth was collected during the challenger expedition
> so would be interested if anyone recognises the preservation to potentially
> link to a locality. Or if anyone else has any similar teeth in their
> Challenger collections that are similar.
> It may be that this tooth was acquired separately and used an example for
> display purposes. I have also attached an orphan label I found separately in
> a drawer of some Eocene fossils.
> Best wishes
> Philip Hadland
> Earth Collection Assistant
> Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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