A shark tooth over 2.5 million years old was found in the USA

(ORDO NEWS) — 9-year-old Molly Sampson received an incredible “Christmas present” when she came across a large megalodon tooth while combing the beach for fossils.

The artifact, larger than her hand, once belonged to a nearly 16-meter megalodon that lived more than 2.6 million years ago.

Bruce Sampson, the girl’s father, shared several photos of Molly holding her find, beaming from ear to ear.

Alicia Sampson, the girl’s mother, said that when her daughter left that morning with her father and older sister Natalie, she said, “I’m going to look for Meg.”

“My husband has been looking for them all his life! We have always lived near the bay, so all our children have been doing it since they were little,” Alicia added in an interview.

According to the parents, this is the sixth megalodon tooth that Molly has found, and it is the largest among those found. In total, Molly has already found more than 400 teeth of different types.

The nearly 13-centimeter tooth was taken to the Calvert Maritime Museum, which confirmed the fossil’s identity.

According to the museum, Molly donated the tooth to their paleontology department, but will be able to admire the find at any time.

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