A fossil-mad teen in England has found an enormous tooth from a large prehistoric megalodon shark.
13-year-old Ben Evans unearthed the predator’s ten-million-year-old gnasher along with his dad Jason Evans on Walton-on-the-Naze Seashore, Essex, in late July.
The schoolboy had beforehand collected round 100 small shark enamel throughout journeys to the sandy shoreline, which is a identified spot for prehistoric finds. Jason stated the Ben had developed a pure curiosity in fossil searching from an early age after first visiting the Jurassic Shoreline, straddling Devon and Dorset.
And he had spent over two days looking for new fossils earlier than putting upon the roughly six-inch tall tooth in a small gap within the early morning.
Consultants later confirmed the tooth belonged to a Megalodon—the world’s largest shark measuring as much as 18 meters—which turned extinct 3.6 million years in the past.
“I used to be utterly shocked,” Ben admitted. “I didn’t count on it. I’ve watched individuals on YouTube discovering them in locations like Florida, however I by no means thought I’d discover one in England.”
“There have been three massive rocks close by, and I discovered it in a small gap. I needed to crawl by way of the outlet to choose it up. It was simply there, it wasn’t lined by something.”
His father stated the pair had gone to Walton-on-the-Naze final weekend and had walked a number of miles a day till discovering the unimaginable fossil.
“We took it as much as the Essex Wildlife Belief—that they had a fast look, took a photograph, and assessed it could be about ten million years outdated,” stated Jason Evans. “These little ones are fairly straightforward to search out, you simply must have good eyesight and time it appropriately with the tides.”
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