A Megalodon Tooth Was Found in the Philippines

A Megalodon Tooth Was Found in the Philippines


Who would have thought that the country’s waters were once the playground of the most fearsome of all the sharks millions of years ago.


Yes, we are talking about the prehistoric giant  shark the Megalodon, as its fossil tooth was found in Barangay Jandig, Maribojoc, Bohol. It was turned over by the locals to the National Museum in May. The fossilized tooth measures 7.6 cm x 6.5 cm.


Megalodon, which means "big tooth," lived 3.6 million years ago. Based on tooth fossil estimates, the giant shark is believed to have grown up to 20 meters in length, which is the same height as a six-storey building.

(fossilized Megalodon tooth found in the National Museum, Photo credit to owner)


There is no record in the world of a complete fossil set of the giant shark principally because its bones are mostly made of cartilage. Most fossil findings are their teeth, which are very rich in calcium.


Marine biologists believe the megalodon is a close relative of the great white sharks, which are also found in the archipelago.

Other names for the megalodon are giant white shark and megatooth shark.





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