A 12-year-old girl named Cydney Root made an incredible discovery while searching for fossils on a beach in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.
She found a massive tooth that belonged to a megalodon, the largest shark species to ever exist. The tooth was so big that it could fill a human hand.
Cydney’s aunt, Sophie Freestone, recognized the tooth immediately and was amazed by the find.
The megalodon was a prehistoric predator that grew up to 18 meters in length and had jaws that could swallow two adult humans at once.
Their teeth were lined with 276 of these massive teeth, which possessed up to 180,000 Newtons of crushing power.
The megalodon went extinct roughly 3.6 million years ago, but its size and strength continue to inspire Hollywood.
Cydney plans to frame the tooth on her wall, and her family is thrilled by the discovery.
Megalodon teeth are extremely rare in the UK, but Walton-on-the-Naze is one place to look.
They are more commonly found in the southeastern United States, Morocco, and Australia.
Despite being named by Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz in 1843, additional fossil evidence, such as a complete skeleton, has not yet been discovered.
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