Fossil hunter finds massive 6.45-inch megalodon tooth at South Carolina construction site

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A professional fossil hunter found a massive 6.45 inch megalodon tooth while scouring a drainage ditch at a South Carolina construction site.

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Matthew Basak, who guides fossil hunts for Palmetto Fossil Excursions, noticed a promising soil layer at the Summerville construction site and started probing, WCIV reported.

He found a shark tooth in the soil and removed it to find the real discovery, a 6.45 inch megalodon tooth weighing three pounds.

Still, it’s not the largest tooth found in the state. The record is 6.5 inches long.

Megalodon’s are believed to have grown up to 60 feet in length and died out about 3.6 million years ago.

>> Woman finds massive, mysterious tooth on South Carolina beach

South Carolina is rich with fossils. It’s coastal plains were once covered in water. In November, a woman found a massive, mysterious tooth believed to be from a megalodon. In October, researchers believe they uncovered a 30-million-year-old megalodon shark nursery in what is now Summerville, the State reported. In June, a woman found a megalodon tooth weighing a pound near a riverbank in Charleston, the State reported.

Say whatttt?!?! Had some fun in the dirt today with 2 really awesome couples that walked away with pockets fulfill of teeth and other fossils!! ❤❤❤ Check out their finds!!

Posted by Palmetto Fossil Excursions on Friday, March 5, 2021