8-year-old boy finds big tooth from shark that lived 22 million years ago while on vacation

A large fossilized shark tooth was found while digging through gravel and dirt by an eight-year-old boy who was on a family fossil hunt.

The boy made the incredible discovery while visiting Palmetto Fossil Excursions, an educational fossil-hunting facility in Summerville, South Carolina, with his family.

The boy allegedly discovered a 4.75-inch Angustiden tooth in one of the facility’s top gravel layer piles.

‘Any Angustiden over 4′ is the equivalent of finding a 6′ Meg, and an Angustiden at 4.75′ is the equivalent of finding a 6.5′ Megalodon tooth!!’ 

‘Again, congratulations kiddo! Truly the find of a lifetime!!!’ the fossil hunting facility said in a Facebook post. 

The boy, Riley, was walking around the bases of piles of gravel and dirt and came across what looked like the edge of a tooth, his father Justin Gracely explained to Fox News

‘We are so proud of Riley,’ he added. 

According to Palmetto Fossil Excursions, Riley’s discovery was significant due to its “species, size, and condition.”

Mega-toothed sharks of the Otodus angustidens species lived between 33 and 22 million years ago during the Oligocene and Micene epochs. It is known that the sharks could reach a length of at least 31 feet.

The Otodus megalodon, another extinct shark with enormous teeth, is related to these sharks.

It has happened before that a young child has made a fascinating discovery.

In May, a 6-year-old boy searching for shells on a British beach came across a megalodon shark tooth that was 3 million years old.

Sammy Shelton discovered the shark tooth while visiting Bawdsey Beach in Suffolk with his father. The shark was an extinct species that was known for its whale-killing prowess.

When he brought in the ancient fossil from the biggest shark to have ever lived for a show and tell presentation, his classmates were astounded.

Megalodons, which could reach a length of 67 feet and had 250 thick teeth, swam the seas between 23 and 3.6 million years ago.

People have said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, according to his father Peter Shelton, a retired GP from Bradwell, Norfolk, who is 60 years old.

‘Really we were looking for interesting shells on the beach but instead we got this megalodon tooth.

‘It was huge and very heavy. I knew what it was but it wasn’t until I took it to others looking on the beach that I realized the significance.