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1 1/2" Parotodus benedeni Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
Nice colors on this benedeni.
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Benedeni from the Edisto   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A nice little oligocene Benedeni with cusps from the Edisto....
Oligocene Parotodus   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
A nice oligocene Parotodus tooth. It took me a while to find my first one in the river, but I've been doing quite well the past few years?...
Oligocene Paratodus Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is the best Parotodus tooth I have found from this particular site so far....
Deuce Parotodus benedeni Shark Teeth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

The largest Parotodus measures 1 1/16 inches and the smallest 13/16 inches. I found both of them a few feet apart from each other.  

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1 1/16" Oligocene Parotodus Benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
The second parotodus I've found in a row from the river!...
1 3/16" Parotodus benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My first complete Parotodus from the river....
1-3/8" Oligocene P. Benedeni   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

My first keeper of the day. Check out the cusps on this gem.

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1" P. Benedini   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni

This is my second Oligocene P. Benedini from the Edisto. Consider how many trips in the river and the number of these teeth that come out. A nice find today!!

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Parotodus benedeni shark tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
My second oligocene bedeneni in 2 weeks. What luck! Nice cusps on this one, too....
1" Oligocene Benedeni   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
t$ found this scarce little beauty today. They don't get much bigger than this, though, so I guess little isn't the correct choice of words there. This tooth is in flawless condition - perfect root, blade, cusps, and tip....
1 1/2" Oligocene Parotodus Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
At first, I thought this was a Mako, but it looked so much like a benedeni that I needed a second opinion. I took it to an expert and he confirmed my suspicion that it was a parotodus. On top of that, he said it was the Oligocene variety which is very rare. Finally, its HUGE for that time....
1 1/16" Oligocene Parotodus Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
This is another oligocene tooth, but the cusps are less pronounced - they are little more than bumps on the blade where it meets the root. Its still a perfect specimen from one of the spots that I don't make it around to very often anymore....
1 1/8" Oligocene Benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
I found this tooth when I was a kid out at this spot we called the Sand Pits. My dad used to take us there about once a month and we used to pick up handfulls of teeth at a time. Most were small, and anything over an inch was usually broken. I had no idea back then that this tooth was such a treasure. It is the oligocene ancestor to the miocene species parotodus benedeni. There are distinct differences, and you can easily see them in the picture. First off, there is the size difference. An inch ...
  

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