This is a great set of THREE different fossil teeth from extinct toothed whales (ODONTOCETE), found in a fossil shell pit in Florida. The tooth on the left in the photos, is likely from a prehistoric dolphin. The other two are from a variety of Sperm Whale, and all date from the Miocene / Pliocene Period. Science readily admits it is difficult to accurately attribute isolated teeth such as these to a specific species but the anatomy and type of tooth allows a fairly accurate identification to a group of toothed whales. All three of these teeth are complete with natural feeding wear. The white color is from the nature of the shell pit deposit, unlike underwater specimens that are dark and with denser mineralization. Complete fossil whale teeth from a shell pit, are very, very rare and it takes countless hours of fossil hunting in the shell pits, to be fortunate enough to find just one! Here we have put a collection together of three and of different species!
Whale fossils are perfect to display alongside a shark tooth collection as whales would have shared the same waters and time period as many of the dangerous sharks found off the East Coast of North America during the Miocene / Pliocene Period, including the infamous MEGALODON shark. Megalodon sharks would have been the primary predators of these whales and often, fossils from whales, are found with fossil Megalodon teeth, indicating a Megalodon "kill / feeding site".
Rarely are these type fossil teeth found available for sale but when they are, they are almost always horribly worn, or partial specimens. This is a superb set OF THREE DIFFERENT TYPES!