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6-year-old boy finds three million-year-old megalodon tooth

Sammy is now sleeping with the fossil next to his bed

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By Ben Turner via SWNS

A schoolboy has found a three million-year-old megalodon tooth while looking for shells on a British beach.

Sammy Shelton with the three million-year-old megalodon tooth. Bawdsey Beach, England. (Peter Shelton via SWNS)

Sammy Shelton, six, has blown away his classmates by taking the ancient fossil into school for show and tell.

The four-inch tooth belonged to the terrifying 60-foot-long megalodon shark - a prehistoric predator specialized in killing whales.

Sammy is now sleeping with the fossil next to his bed after making the "once-in-a-lifetime" discovery at Bawdsey Beach in Suffolk this month.

His dad Peter Shelton, 60, said: "People have said it's a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

The four-inch tooth belonged to the terrifying 60-foot-long megalodon shark - a prehistoric predator specializing in killing whales.
(Peter Shelton via SWNS

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

"It was huge and very heavy."

Sammy is now sleeping with the fossil next to his bed

"I knew what it was but it wasn't until I took it to others looking on the beach that I realized the significance.

"There was one guy down there who's been looking all his life for a megalodon tooth and never found anything of this size."

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod, who works at UEA, checked pictures of the tooth and said it was once of just a handful found in Britain each year.

Sammy is now keen to go back to the beach to dig up more potential fossils.

Peter said: "At the moment he's keeping it by his bedside.

"He's taken it into school...to show his friends.

"Sammy wants to go back again. He likes being outside."

The extinct megalodon - meaning 'big tooth' - roamed the seas approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago. It could grow up to 67-foot long and had 250 thick teeth that were designed to grab prey and break bones.

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