Unlike any other animal, sharks "shed" their teeth continuously to make sure they stay nice and sharp and do not succumb to wear and tear. Some species of shark will shed as many as 35,000 teeth within their life time. With this natural process, sharks' teeth are relatively easy to find, you just have to know where to look for them. You can find them just walking along the current beaches but you can also find them inland considering the land masses that exist today are very different then what they would have looked like 400 million years ago. Considering that you can find them further inland if you dig down deep enough, or happen to find a prehistoric rock bed that has been exposed due to erosion, construction or quarrying. You can even find them in places you would not even consider, such as Missouri as it used to be an inland sea billions of years ago and well into the time when sharks came into the picture.
Contrary to popular belief, these teeth are not actually petrified, they are exactly the same chemically as when the shark dropped them millions of year ago. They are preserved through various processes that cause fossilization of bone material through time. When you find a sharks tooth, it may appear worn depending on how much it has been moved via waves or natural water flow such as a river flowing downstream. Sometimes you can find teeth that are perfectly preserved but they are typically fragile, unfortunately. One of the most notorious places to find sharks teeth is known as the Bone Valley in Polk County, Florida. Commercialized vessels and fisherman used to dredge the bottom of this phosphate mine and bring up megalodon teeth, until it was banned.
Fossilized sharks teeth is a fascinating hobby that is sure to thrill both yourself, your friends and your family. There are even Shark Teeth Festivals where you can display your finds and mingle with other fossilized shark teeth enthusiasts. Who would not cherish a relic of time?
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