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Fossil Shark Teeth Mako Shark, ancestor of modern Great White Shark
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Hooked Mako Shark Tooth from Bakersfield   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
By far the most common find out in Bakersfield for me were Hooked Mako Shark teeth. This was the largest I found. Before this trip I had never found this species before.
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Shark Tooth Hill Mako Isurus Hastalis   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
This is the largest mako I found during my recent trip to the Ernst Quarries at Shark Tooth Hill near Bakersfield California.
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Bakersfield Mako Shark Tooth   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
This is the best colored, large mako I found at my recent trip to Shark Tooth Hill.
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2.5" I. Hastalis (Upper and Lower)   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
My best giant mako teeth...screamers!...
Broken Makos (and Otodus)   Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
These 4 broken rooted makos are a common find in Green Mill Run. They are however, pretty large for makos. They are probably a mix of hastalis, escheri, desori, and retroflexis. Note the 4th tooth is a worn otodus. Green Mill Run= Cretaceous-Pliocene...
Mako Shark Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
We don't find a lot of nice Mako teeth in the Edisto where we are hunting so anytime a nice one comes out it is a surprise....
Perfect Mako from a SC Land Site   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
The nicest, largest mako tooth we've found at this particular site to date. Superior quality!...
Mako Shark Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Another uncommon find from the Edisto where we hunt....
1-7/8 inch I. hastalis   Potomac River, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

One sweet mako. Razor sharp blade.

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Edisto Mako Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I love the shape of this lower mako tooth. Its a little worn, but as many times as I've been diving in the Edisto, I only have a few complete makos from there....
Venice Fossil Mako Shark Teeth   Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Isurus hastalis
Three nice venice mako shark teeth.  ...
Mako Shark Tooth from Venice Florida   Sarasota County, Florida, USA - Isurus hastalis
A really nice mako shark tooth from the Bone Valley formation in Venice Florda that I found while scuba diving offshore....
Mako Shark Tooth from Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I was really surprised to find this mako tooth today. Good mako teeth are as tough to find in Summerville as good Great Whites. It has been a really long time since I found a good one!...
peru beauty beast   Peru, Peru - Isurus hastalis

I love the creamy color in this mako, reminds me of aurora. Its razor sharp sides and tip make make for a nice shaving alternative

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south american gem   Atacama Desert, Chile - Isurus hastalis
this mako tooth is from south america and is perfect. this one stays in my display case....
3 inch mako   South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
this is a beast mako! just over 3 inches. i guess you could call this a shamer but still a keeper no dout. the tooth is from SC, not sure what county though....
a dinky tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
a dinky tooth
2-7/8" Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2-7/8" Mako
Aurora Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice colors on this mako. I dug it straight out of the yorktown....
PCS lower makos   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

Two large lowers. The largest is 2-3/4".

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Mako Shark Tooth from Aurora NC   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

I found this Mako tooth just around the corner from the Parotodus benedeni tooth. I was still reeling from that find, and since I had my camera handy I got a pretty good ground photo. Can you spot it in the wall of Yorktown?

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Lee Creek Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

This Lee Creek Mako shark tooth is tied for the largest of the species that I found on my most recent visit to the PCS mine. I wish I had taken a ground shot, but I found it in a particularly rich deposit of Yorktown formation and I was picking up 3 and 4 teeth at a time. Call me butter, I was on a roll. In my excitement, the camera didn't leave my pack. Don't blame me! What would you do if you saw teeth laying all over the place? Probabl...

Aurora Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This hefty Aurora Mako shark tooth was the first large tooth I found on my most recent visit to the PCS Lee Creek mine....
Nice lower Mako form the Bay!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

This is my biggest Mako from the Calvert Cliffs of Maryland.

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Pathologic Lee Creek Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

Many mako teeth are found at Lee Creek. Though very nice, I didn't notice anything special about this tooth until after I showed my finds to Pat Y. and I was on the bus, still in disbelief that I actually made it up the ramp after a hard day of collecting. I took this tooth out of my pouch and began scraping away the dirt from the blade with my thumbnail. I felt something hard, like limestone attached to the blade. On closer examination, it was actually what I can best describe as serra...

Gigantic 3 1/16" Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

When I found this tooth I definitely did a victory dance, which is dancing happily like a fool in circles around the tooth. I could tell it had to be at least 3 inches when I picked it up. The 2 15/16 inch mako I found in Summerville a few years ago had to step down from the throne. Now I have a new king to add to my mako collection that has earned his rightful place at 3 1/16 inches.

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2 3/4" Pungo Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

I found this big mako early in the day in the pungo! This is the only tooth that I was able to get a ground shot of before my camera started messing up.

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2 1/4" Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

I dug this one out at the end of the day before making my way to the ramp to exit the pit. A sweet gem from the yorktown.

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Aurora Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Aurora Mako
Lee Creek Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

This Lee Creek mako is so sharp you could shave with it. Only use a scent you're prepared to live with though, because the root really soaks it up.

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2 5/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

I found this one laying up on a pedestal! The blade on one side looks slightly pathologic.

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HUGE Calvert Cliffs Mako 2 7/8   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis
I thought it was a little mg half burried by sand. One of my best teeth from the bay....
Nice Yorktown Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice Yorktown Mako
Strange Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This is one of the wierdest makos I've ever seen. It looks normal until you get to the tip. Cool looking to say the least. I found this one in a footprint....
Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A monster of a tooth that's really sharp. No ground shot because I found this on a steep edge and I couldn't get a good shot. I picked this up with my new rake to avoid tumbling down the edge of the pile in to the water.

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1 7/8 I. hastalis   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

   This lower mako tooth is complete but is a little water-worn.

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2 3/8" Mako from Calvert county   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

The interesting thing about this tooth are the cool wrinkles on the labial side.

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Calvert Cliffs Mako   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis

Digging through zone 17 in a slump pile and this little guy says hello...By far the largest Ive seen from the bay!

 

And on formation at the bottom it doesnt say choptank as a possible choice.??? Thats where the tooth came from.

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Nice Lee Creek Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice Lee Creek Mako
Large Summerville Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A sweet large mako with awesome colors.

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2 11/16 inch Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A huge mako that was a mere 3 feet from my best megalodon tooth of the day. Its the closest together I've ever found two such quality teeth anywhere except in the river.

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Lee Creek Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A killer mako shark tooth!...
Lee Creek Yorktown Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

This is the sweetest of all the makos I found at Lee Creek today and I found a lot of makos today, probably more than any other type of tooth even tiger shark teeth! Lots of other people had a lot of nice makos, too. I spent a lot of time in the Yorktown, but I crossed a lot of Pungo, too.

The hill of Yorktown I found this on had three rows of footprints when I arrived, but this was about 3 feet away from one of the trails that the person before me left.

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Hastalis in matrix   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I was doin' the Pungo Crawl & all that was showing was the top of the root lobes. ...
Mako Shark Tooth   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Most of the makos I find in the Edisto are trashed, but this one is pretty nice. When I get around to cleaning the stains off, it will probably have nice color....
Mako Pair   Colleton County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

Two complete makos from the Edisto. Largest tooth is 2-1/4".

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1-1/2" Mako tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

Great Pungo ground shot avec Mako.

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2" Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A lingual view - Ground shot of this nice Yorktown specimen.

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1-7/8" Mako Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A complete specimen with a slight pathology. The blade is crinkled where it meets the root.

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1-7/8" Mako tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A nice mako with a slight pathology at the enamel/root interface.

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Lower Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
An awesome lower tooth....
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Mako Shark Tooth
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

A flawless tooth.

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Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Just a flawless tooth - so sharp!...
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Mako Shark Tooth
Before and After Cleaning.   North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis

I used to think using more than water and a toothbrush would spoil a fossil tooth. I was the one spoiled, by teeth that were wonderfully preserved and without mineral deposits. Now I know better and don't feel bad at all about freeing a tooth from mineral encrustations.

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Lee Creek Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This tooth was completely buried until someone who walked the hill before me stepped on it and exposed it for me to find on my walk back to the bus at the end of the day....
Aurora Yorktown Mako Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A gigantic thick lower mako from the Yorktown. The root is so massive it looks like a Parotodus....
Yorktown Mako Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
While digging for megalodon teeth I found this gem....
Lee Creek Mako Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A gorgeous tooth that I kicked out of the Pungo as I dragged my aching feet over the towering mounds of material during my Spring 2007 visit to the Lee Creek mine....
2-1/8 mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
my nicest tooth of the day...
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A flawless lower tooth with great color....
Fossil Mako   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
One of my best land Makos from Summerville. The colors are wicked, the blade is razor sharp and the root intact....
Lovely lower   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
Real Nice Hastalis lower...
Juicy Mako   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
Biggest tooth of the day...
Fossil Isurus hastalis (Broad Toothed Mako) Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Hands down, this is the best preserved Mako I've found in nearly 20 years of hunting for shark teeth at land sites in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I can't say enough! Its got killer color, its big, the edges are so sharp I literally cut paper with them. And that root is virtually unblemished. Fossilguy was right next to me when I found this gem. Its amazing to find something this well preserved in the reformulated Hawthorne layer. Its so well preserved that it looks like its Chilean....
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
When I got this puppy home, the first thing I did was measure it. I tracked sand and mud all over the house in my impatience. It turned out to be 2 7/8 inches! Almost!!! How could I be disappointed with this tooth, though? Its massive, its complete, its got great color. Most of the makos we find in Summerville had severe root rot or no root at all. This is a centerpiece of the Isurus hastalis collection!...
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A nice complete mako. We don't find a bunch of these on land that are complete. For some reason, the roots are almost always destroyed much like with great whites. I liked the shape of this tooth....
Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A nice large mako. The only major flaws is a little root erosion....
Bone Valley Mako   Hardee County, Florida, USA - Isurus hastalis
A decent, nicely colored mako from the Bone Valley formation...
Bone Valley Mako   Polk County, Florida, USA - Isurus hastalis
A nicely colored blue mako....
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A real beauty!...
Mako teeth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Six nice fosiil mako teeth....
2 inch Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Another crisp mako harvested from the Pungo....
Mako Shark Tooth Haul   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I've never found this many makos anytime, anywhere. I'm still surprised! There are hastalis and desori here, from the Yorktown and Pungo formations....
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Mako Shark Tooth
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This is the mako that I found lying in the open between my and da f0ssZ's megalodon teeth. Gotta love that Yorktown!...
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This was the second tooth over 2 inches I found today. It was lying completely exposed on a steep incline of Yorktown near the front of the collecting area. Amazing color!...
2 5/8" Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
not a perfect mako, but it is rather large. i don't find to many lowers so i'll be keeping this one....
1 13/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
has a nice mix of colors...
2-3/16 mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2-3/16 mako
2-3/16 mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2-3/16 mako
Greens Mill Run Mako   Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I. hastalis from Greens Mill RUn...
Matrix Tooth   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice hastalis in matrix with bone and a small 2nd tooth....
Hastalis Mako   Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA - Isurus hastalis
This is a nice ground shot of my best find of the day....
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Calvert County, Maryland, USA - Isurus hastalis
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth
1 13/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Its uncommon to find I. hastalis teeth at lafarge. its a worn, but really nicely colored tooth....
1.5 Inch Mako   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice little Mako...
2 1/8" Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Nice Yorktown specimen...
Mako Ground Shot   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Traded this one for a hemi. Thanks gman!...
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A really good lower jaw tooth with that classic Aurora color....
Fossil Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
A superior quality tooth....
Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
My first big shark's tooth of the day. Awesome color, no chips or dings anywhere and a solid root. ...
1 15/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
The green color on the root of this tooth was from the moss I had to scrub off after finding it sitting under some dead weeds at Aurora. It was some sight seeing it right on top after pulling the weeds back!...
1 15/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
An absolute gem from Aurora!...
1 3/4" Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This was the first large tooth I found in the mine that day, and it was a welcome sight after 2 hours of finding nothing!...
Mako   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Mako
2 3/8 inch mako shark tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Probably the best Mako I've found since my last visit to Aurora....
2 1/16 inch Mako shark tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
Good color on this nice wide blade mako shark tooth from a new land site in Dorchester County, SC....
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