9-year-old Molly Sampson, who was hunting fossils with her family on the coast of Maryland, USA, found the tooth of the Megalodon shark, which became extinct about 3.5 million years ago and exceeded 20 meters in length. Experts described the discovery as “a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.”
Little US girl found Megalodon shark’s tooth on the beach.
Molly Sampson found the tooth of the endangered giant Shark Megalodon while amateur fossil hunting with her family on Calvert Beach, Maryland, on December 25. Megalodons, which means ‘big tooth’ in Ancient Greek and called ‘Meg’ for short, are considered to be one of the largest sea creatures that have ever lived in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans about 3.5 million years ago. “Look at the size of the tooth Molly just found this,” the mother of 9-year-old Molly announced, declaring the little girl’s discovery the best Christmas present ever.
Molly and her family took the fossil tooth they found to local maritime museum experts, who explained that the tooth belonged to a Megalodon. The Calvert Maritime Museum described the discovery as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime discovery’ and said, “A huge Megalodon female! Molly was excited to share her amazing discovery with our paleontology department at the museum last week!” made the statement.