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Couple Find Huge Fossilised Megalodon Tooth In South Carolina

Couple Find Huge Fossilised Megalodon Tooth In South Carolina

A couple out walking in South Carolina managed to come across a fossilised megalodon tooth just sitting in a river bed, and it seems that it's between three and five million years old.

As we all learned from Jason Statham's important - and totally historically accurate - film The Meg, megalodons were absolutely huge sharks that existed in prehistoric times.

To make such a find, and in such condition, just wandering out and about is nothing short of incredible.

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However, that's exactly what Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens and her husband Simon Chandley Owens did as they were walking along the bed of the Stono River just outside of Charleston.

Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens
Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens

They spotted a grey mass jutting out of the muddy riverbed, and decided that it looked just like a 'shark tooth'.

That's pretty much exactly what it is.

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During a video filmed for her TikTok, Jessica said: "If it's a tooth, it's going to be like biggest one we have ever found."

As she brushed back the dirt, the find was revealed, and it is seriously impressive.

You wouldn't fancy sharing the water with whatever has the mouth that thing came out of.

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They've measured it up, and this single tooth comes in at 5.75 inches long. That's just one tooth out of the hundreds that the megalodon would have once possessed.

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Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens
Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens

She then shared the video on Facebook, and you can see how excited she was to have made the find. Both of them can be heard to audibly gasp as their haul is revealed.

Jessica-Rose even exclaimed: "I am literally about to cry."

Upon realising what they'd discovered, they shared the vid on Facebook, where The Mace Brown Museum of Natural History at the College of Charleston responded: "That's a great meg find - finds like that are why Charleston is known as the megalodon capital of the world!"

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Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens
Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens

Wow, let's hope that is on the 'Welcome To Charleston' sign, right?

The museum added: "Well done, we can tell you were excited! As for an age, it's likely weathered out of the Goose Creek Limestone, so Pliocene in age (~3-5 million years old)."

The megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived on this planet, and could measure up to 60 feet in length, that's three times the size of the great white shark.

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The earliest megalodon fossils that have ever been uncovered were from about 20 million years ago.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jessica Rose-Standafer Owens

Topics: Interesting, US News, Weird

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]