A 9-year-old girl from Maryland, Molly Sampson, had received insulated waders, and fossil sifters on the Christmas of 2022, and she made an incredible discovery with her presents. She found 5-inch-long tooth of a sea animal which lived millions of years ago.
Molly and her sister Natalie wanted to go to shark tooth hunting in Chesapeake Bay. Their father, Bruce Sampson took his daughters to fulfill their wish.
In the first half of their hunt, Molly found an incredible object in the knee deep waters.
For 9-year-old Molly Sampson, her prehistoric shark tooth discovery along a Maryland beach is considered the find of a lifetime.@AliRogin reports on the recent fossil finds that are helping advance scientific knowledge. pic.twitter.com/uOLPy5ckms
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“I went closer, and in my head, I was like, ‘Oh, my, that is the biggest tooth I’ve ever seen!’” 9-year-old Molly said.
“I reached in and grabbed it, and dad said I was shrieking.”
Molly’s father Bruce is hunting for fossils since he was a small boy, and he explained that his daughter found the biggest tooth he had ever seen.
The family took the tooth to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, to confirm it.
Stephen Godfrey, curator of paleontology at the museum stated that “It’s a spectacular specimen.”
That time 9 year old Maryland Molly Sampson found a 15 million year old megalodon tooth in the Chesapeake Bay
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“It’s one of the larger ones that’s probably ever been found along Calvert Cliffs” and might be a “once-in-a-lifetime kind of find.”
As it is stated, the tooth belonged to the upper left jaw of a megalodon. The megalodon was the ruler of the oceans 15 million years ago, which would reach to the size of 45 to 60 feet long.
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