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Are shark teeth, including megalodon teeth, made of bone?

Question #50881. Asked by Megalodon.
Last updated Nov 30 2019.

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Shark teeth are made of a solid substance called dentin, the same as us.
This material is slow to decompose, which is part of the reason why fossil shark teeth are so plentiful. When a shark loses a tooth, it ends up on the bottom of the ocean, where it's covered with protective layers of sediment. It takes thousands of years for a shark tooth to turn into a fossil.

As fossilization takes place, water and minerals work their way into the shark's tooth. One fossil tooth may be red while another is gray, blue, green, or even orange. The color of a shark's tooth can be an indication of the type of minerals inside it.

Response last updated by gtho4 on Nov 30 2019.
Nov 15 2003, 11:47 AM
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There is no bone in a shark. They are cartilaginos fish (have skeletons made of cartilage). I can't speak for megalodons.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Dec 13 2016.
Sep 09 2004, 4:07 PM
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