On the News | Paleontologist discovers giant tooth from ‘prehistoric mega shark’ in Italy – and says it may have been discarded by a collector who didn’t realize its value @ Daily Mail


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Paleontologist discovers giant tooth from ‘prehistoric mega shark’ in Italy – and says it may have been discarded by a collector who didn’t realize its value


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Image Credit: Gianluca Minin (@source)

“It roamed the depths of the ocean some 2 million years ago – but researchers are still finding remains of the Megaladon to this day.

A single, massive tooth that may once have belonged to the prehistoric beast was recently discovered in Italy by a paleontologist who was leading an excavation in the tunnels of the Galleria Borboniza.

The massive tooth, which is more than half the length of a person’s hand, was found by paleontologist Gianluca Minin who leads a team of volunteers through the tunnels to search for artifacts from the Second World War.

Experts plan to conduct an analysis of the tooth before determining its origins, but Mini has shared on his Facebook page that he thinks it belonged to a Carcharodon Megalodon that was the length of a ‘six-story palace’.

There are 1,740 feet of tunnels that sit 100 feet below the city of Naples, which were carved into the 16th century aqueducts.” (…) READ MORE

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