Megalodon Shark Teeth

North Carolina State Fossil

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Megalodon shark teeth at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Megalodon shark teeth; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Photo by Ryan Somma/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution/Share Alike).

North Carolina's Official State Fossil

North Carolina designated fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark as the official state fossil in 2013. This extinct animal lived over 1.5 million years ago and had serrated, heart-shaped teeth that grew to over seven inches in length. All state dinosaurs and fossils.

Excerpt from House Bill 830

Whereas, the megalodon shark is an extinct shark species that lived over 1.5 million years ago; and

Whereas, the megalodon shark may have reached over 40 feet in length and weighed up to 100 tons; and

Whereas, the megalodon shark had serrated, heart-shaped teeth that may have grown to over seven inches in length; and

Whereas, fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark have been found in North Carolina and throughout the world;

Now, therefore, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: The fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark is adopted as the official fossil of the State of North Carolina.

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