Nine-year-old girl finds giant megalodon fang on beach

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which happens to be today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

Molly Sampson, 9, found a giant megladon fang while looking for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day (Contributor: calvertmarinemuseum/Facebook)

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.

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which happens to be today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

Molly found the tooth in the water and it’s the biggest she’s ever found (Provider: calvertmarinemuseum/Facebook)

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which happens to be today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

Molly along with her sister Natalie and dad Bruce (Provider: Facebook)

“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.”

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which happens to be today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

Molly has been hunting for fossils for years (Provider: calvertmarinemuseum/Facebook)

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which happens to be today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

The budding paleontologist shared her find with the Calvert Marine Museum (provider: calvertmarinemuseum/Facebook)

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.

Science/11623551/ Future paleontologist, 9, finds giant Megladon tooth while searching for fossils on a Maryland beach on Christmas Day. Molly was delighted to share her amazing find with our paleontology department at the museum last week! We love seeing and hearing about the treasures you will find along the coast. New for 2023 is our First Fossil Friday program, which just so happens to be happening today! On the first Friday of every month, we invite the public to bring their finds into the museum from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. so that they can be identified by museum staff. We hope to see you and your fossils soon! Enjoy Molly's photos below! The third photo shows their largest and smallest shark teeth found on the beaches of Calvert.

Megalodon fangs have been found on every continent except Antarctica (Provider: Facebook)

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.

This illustration provided by JJ Giraldo shows a 16-meter (52-foot) Otodus megalodon shark eating an 8-meter (26-foot) Balaenoptera whale in the Pliocene, 5.4 to 2.4 million years ago. In the background on the right, a 4 meter long Carcharodon shark grabs a 2.5 meter long whale pod juvenile. According to a study published Wednesday, August 17, 2022 in the journal Science Advances, the giant megalodon shark that roamed the oceans millions of years ago could have swallowed a creature the size of a killer whale in just five bites be able. (JJ Giraldo via AP)

Artist’s impression of a megalodon shark chasing a balaenoptera whale (Credits: AP)

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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