The largest set of prehistoric shark jaws ever assembled is set to be auctioned. The jaws measure 11 feet across and almost nine feet tall. They come from the 90-foot long predator Megalodon shark, the largest predator ever to have existed on Earth, at 60 feet in length or more.
It took fossil hunter Vito “Megalodon” Bertucci almost 20 years to find fragments of the species in the rivers of South Carolina, and 16 years to assemble.
The jaw set is composed of 182 fossil teeth, some over seven inches long and is expected to sell for $700,000 at a sale by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on 12 June. Megalodon ruled the temperate and warm waters of all the oceans between 25 and 1.5 million years ago.