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Strange little Meg from the cliffs

On Thursday December 27, I headed out to my favorite beach on the Bay. I got there later than I had hoped, around 9 am. I knew that the beach had already been hit by several other hunters. Walking through the water to the hunting grounds, I met a friend of mine, who is a very good hunter, who was heading in. He said that the beach was pretty well picked over even before he got there, and as we were talking, another hunter was coming up from behind me. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty low, and dropping fast! The other hunter soon passed me by, but I wasn't worried. The easy stuff was already gone, so slow, careful searching was the only way to go today. Not thirty seconds after he passed me, I spotted a possible root corner sticking out from under a clay rock, in about 4 inches of water. It turned out to be a 1 1/2 inch Meg! It has a broken root corner, but the serrations are great and the tip is intact! Not a bad way to start the day! Later, I was about ready to turn around and head back when I saw a possible root sticking out of the sand, under some tree branches in about 2 inches of water. It turned out to be one of the stranger teeth I've found at this beach. It measures 1 1/4 inch on the slant, and the blade says "Meg" all the way, but the root is all wrong! Very thin, flat on top with a deep "U" shaped notch, and the tooth enamel reaching almost to the corners of the pointed root lobes. The root looks almost like a Hemipristis, only without the large lingual bulge. My best guess is that it's a second or third file juvenile Meg, with an incompletely formed root. I also found three Cowshark teeth, several damaged Makos, a large fragment of what was once a nice Meg tooth, and the usual assortment of small teeth. All in all, not a bad day at all! It just proves that you don't have to be the first one out to find good stuff! Update 12/29 - I think I figured out what's going on with the little Meg tooth. In the book "Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay" by Dr. Kent, there is an illustration on page 8 of a pathological Meg tooth that looks very similar to the tooth I found. According to the text on page 7, this deformation is known to occur with "modest regularity" in Neogene formations. So for now, I'm calling the tooth a pathological juvenile Megalodon, unless somene knows differently.
Location Calvert County, Maryland, USA

ID2518
MemberTom
Date Added12/28/2007

Cleck out the unusual root on this little guy!
  

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