Attention Tooth Fairy!

We've all had the pleasure of doing business with the infamous Tooth Fairy, trading molars and incisors for dimes and nicks.  I myself always wondered what I had to do, or which teeth I had to loose to get that paper money =P.  Here at Prehistoric Pets we have, along side many varied fossils, Prehistoric fossil teeth!  IMAGINE what millions of years old teeth must go for in Tooth Fairy World O.O!!  To make their structure even more thought provoking, the PARTICULAR teeth we have in store have a special history related to our very own Reptile kingdom. 

First we have the Mosasaur tooth.  Mosasaurs are considered to be the closest relatives of snakes, due to analyses that have taken into account similarities in jaw and skull anatomies.  Based on structures such as the double row of "flanged" teeth, the double-hinged jaw, adapted limbs and probable techniques of propulsion, many researchers believe that snakes and Mosasaurs may have had a common ancestor.  Mosasaurs had a double-hinged jaw and flexible skull (much like that of a snake), which enabled them to gulp down their prey almost whole, a snakelike habit which helped identify the unchewed stomach substances fossilized within Mosasaurs skeleton. Imagine what they must have found!! It is assumed that they may have lurked and pounced rapidly and powerfully on passing prey, rather than hunting for it. Hmmm.. sounds a lot like tarantulas and giant squid huh?! Material from Jordan has shown that the body and membrane between the fingers and toes, was covered with small overlapping diamond-shaped scales resembling those of snakes. In Harrana specimens, two types of scales were detected on a single sample, keeled scales covering the upper areas of the body as well as smooth scales covering the lower regions. As ambush predators, waiting and quickly catching prey using stealth tactics, it is suggested Mosasaurs benefited greatly from the non-reflective keeled scales.  It's so amazing how nature has evolved to adapt and protect it's enviornment!

Mosasaurs were also varanoids, or superfamilies, closely related to terrestrial monitor lizards. This superfamily includes the largest aquatic lizards known, the largest-known terrestrial lizard, and the largest living lizard.  Mosasaurs breathed air, were dominant swimmers, and were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow epicontinental seas predominant during the Late Cretaceous Period. Mosasaurs were so well adapted to this environment that they gave birth to live young, rather than return to the shore to lay eggs. Pretty sweet! ^O^

Lastly, we have a Otodus Obliquss Shark tooth.  Otodus Obliquuss is an extinct mackerel shark that lived 38 million years ago.  The teeth of this shark are large with a triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots.  They prey on large bony fish, other sharks and were among the top predators of its time.

To trump these typical prehistoric shark teeth however, comes the Megalodon. The Megalodon, or "Big Tooth", is an extinct species that was regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history.  The teeth of this prehistoric shark were over half a foot long, jagged, and heart-shaped (by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White are only about three inches long).  In 2008, a research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to gage Megalodon's biting power.  Are you ready for this?? The results are quite terrifying: whereas a modern Great White gnaws with about 1.8 tons of force, Megalodon chowed down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons--enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape!!  Scientists propose that Megalodon was "arguably the most formidable carnivore ever to have existed."  To think we believed we had it bad with the Great Whites, we could have had the worries of Megalodon under our boats and feet!  Its great size, high-speed swimming ability, and powerful jaws joined with intimidating killing techniques, made it a super-predator with the skill to consume a broad range of wildlife.  The predator mainly focused its attack on the tough bony of the prey, which great white sharks generally avoid. Dr. Bretton Kent elaborated that Megalodon attempted to crush the bones and damage delicate organs like the heart and lungs protected within the rib cage of the prey. Such an attack would have restrained the prey, which would have died quickly due to injuries to these vital organs.  This paleontological evidence suggests that Megalodon would attempt to immobilize a large whale by tearing apart or biting off its propulsive features before killing and feeding on it.

Many fossils have been recovered for both species all over the world.  Although most have been near impossible to salvage, enough has been discovered to study and try to calculate the anatomy, lifestyle and possible habitat and reason for extinction of the creatures.  Fossils tell us a story about life before time and help us regain the connection that was lost so many millions of years ago.  They serve many purposes outside of science as well, for those most common, they are used for jewelry, decoration and collectables.  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we use them all!  Stop by on your day out and check out all the ultra special fossils we have on display and for sale!




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