A nine-year-old girl made a prehistoric discovery while searching for fossils on the beach on Christmas Day.
Molly Sampson discovered a giant Magalodon fang in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, United States.
Molly, who is no stranger to ancient artifacts, apparently told her mother that she was “going to look for Meg” that morning.
Molly has found over 400 teeth during her expeditions to the beach, but this 5-inch specimen is the largest.
“My husband has been looking for them all his life! We’ve always lived near the bay so all our kids have since they were little,” Molly’s mother, Alicia Sampson, told the Daily Mail.
“Molly said she wanted to start screaming when she found the tooth because she was so excited!” She said.
“I wasn’t there because I was too cold, but my husband said she started screaming and said, ‘Look what I found!’
“It’s something she’s always wanted to find.”
“Molly is a super shy kid so she doesn’t like the limelight but she also knows it’s more about that amazing tooth.”
The megalodon was a giant apex predator that lived in oceans around the world between 23 and 3.6 million years ago.
Experts assume that it may have been up to 20 meters long.
For comparison: The largest great white sharks today can reach a total length of only six meters.
Capable of traveling great distances in a short time, it could eat the largest of the modern living super-predators, the killer whale, in five gigantic bites. It could have swallowed a great white shark whole.
Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived, and it has been around for a long time – around 23 million to 2.6 million years ago.
Its range used to be enormous: its fossilized teeth have been found on every continent except Antarctica.
These teeth aren’t difficult to spot when you encounter them, as they can be as long as 18 centimeters.
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