(ORDO NEWS) — Not all children collect seashells on the beach. For example, five-year-old Bryden Drew found the fossilized tooth of a prehistoric shark. The find was discovered on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
It is reported by Newsweek.
On a family vacation by the sea, Bryden, like all children, dug in the sand. By accident, the boy stumbled upon a stone of unusual shape and texture. The fossil had a black streak, a result of phosphate leaching over time.
The stone turned out to be a four-inch tooth from a megalodon. These sharks reached 15 meters in length. The maximum weight of individuals reached 35 tons. They lived on the planet about 2.5 million years ago.
The fact that this is not a stone, but a fish tooth was also confirmed by Adam Smith, a scientist and curator of the Bob Campbell Geological Museum in South Carolina.
The family photographed the find and posted the picture on social networks. The tooth is about the size of a child’s hand. After returning home, the find will be hung on the wall in the room. It will be the most fantastic vacation memory ever, says the Braden family.
South Carolina is popular for the fact that archaeologists constantly find dinosaur fossils here. Ancient shark teeth are a common find. This is one of the reasons why tourists love to relax here.
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