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Visions of Megalodon: A Visit to Sharktooth Hill
The day's first megalodon

A typical specimen of C. megalodon

Photo (c) 2012 Andrew Alden, licensed to About.com (fair use policy)
Sharktooth Hill is a famous fossil locality in the Sierra Nevada foothills outside Bakersfield, California. Collectors find fossils of a large number of marine species here from whales to birds, but the iconic fossil is Carcharodon/Carcharocles megalodon. The day I joined a fossil-hunting party, the cry of "meg!" went up whenever a C. megalodon tooth was found. This was the day's first meg, a small side tooth from the great shark's jaw.

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