Great White Shark










Bill Heim
Christine Kempter
April 11, 2020
  • Christine Kempter posted a new specimen in the group Group logo of What is it?What is it? from the myFOSSIL app. 1 year ago

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    Christine Kempter has contributed specimen mFeM 73725 to myFOSSIL!

    • Carcharodon carcharias – great white shark. You need to add the additional image to specimen 73641 along with any other information such as location detail – you can get the exact coordinates off of google maps. I can add all the classification details if you like.

    • I believe I filled out all info, please let me know if not.

    • Interesting, it definitely looks like a Great White, but it must be from an undescribed geologic unit. Most fossils from that area should be Eocene in age (either from the Irwinton Sand or Twiggs Clay). Here’s a link to info about fossils from the Twiggs Clay

    • Greetings @vperez and @bill-heim ! Any chance that the specimen is alternatively Carcharodon auriculatus? The Georgia fossils link you posted mentions them as being prevalent in late Eocene strata of the Coastal Plain.

    • Bill-Heim I have filled out the coordinates correctly and anything else that I could…if you could please help me with other things like classification

    • As for location and stratigraphy. I have seen a Great White tooth pulled from a school yard in Charlotte, NC when construction workers were digging a hole. During the warm periods of the Pleistocene, the actual shoreline would be far inland. The earlier deposits, Eocene etc represented deeper water offshore.

    • Carcharodon auriculatus – no, there would be a bourlette on the lingual side and it’s not there. Also the correct genus for auriculatus is either Carcharocles or Otodus depending on who you are talking to (no official ruling yet). Carcharocles auriculatus and Carcharodon carcharias are NOT related. Their closest common ancestor dates back to…[Read more]

    • Thank you @bill-heim ! I did happen to see that taxonomical disagreement in the literature. And thank @christine-kempter for posting such an interesting specimen!

    • @matthew-gramling, I’ll admit the thought certainly crossed my mind, but Bill is absolutely correct about the lack of bourlette/chevron. @christine-kempter I would love to see what else you found at this locality, maybe we can narrow down the age a little bit more!

    • @vperez I have posted pictures of the location my cousin bought the property and so me and my daughter go to fish or to get away so I don’t have anything else besides the clay I like to bring home for pottery.

    • @vperez the only other specimen I have so far is the clay I bring home to use; but I shall be on the hunt now for more!

    • Also the overall shape and thinness fit for Carcharodon. I have some Carcharodon teeth in exactly that shape.

    • This was duplicated in the emuseum. Specimen 73725 (this one) had some issues I couldn’t resolve. 73728 was missing images and data so I copied images and data from this one into 73728 and marked it research grade. In a few days after everyone has posted to this, I will delete this one 73725 leaving 73728 in its place.

    • What does that mean…that this is actually 73728?

    • So it is a Carcharodon carcharias?

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