Is this a 5 million-year-old tooth?

By on June 29, 2020

(Tom Weir)

Tom Weir, a recent transplant to North Carolina and frequent Outer Banks guest, says he was walking on the beach in Corolla with his wife and son on Fathers Day, June 21, when he stumbled upon this extremely large tooth. Unsure of what he had found, Weir sought an expert opinion and contacted Jun Ebersole, the Director of Collections and the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL.

The response from Ebersole was: “Your tooth is from an extinct species of Mako sharked named Cosmopolitodus hastalis. If you do a Google search for this shark under its former name, Isurus hastalis, you should see a good number of these fossil teeth. Without knowing the geology of the Outer Banks. I can only guess on the age of the tooth, but a rough estimate would be around 5 million years old. Great find!”

Anyone who can shed further light on this tooth is invited to contact the Voice at m.jurkowitz@yahoo.com



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