SOLOMONS, Md. – Molly Sampson, a 9-year-old fossil hunter, found the tooth of a Megalodon while combing a Calvert County beach in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.
Donning camo overalls and a baby blue winter hat, Molly was wading through the water on Christmas morning when she came across the tooth of the long-extinct shark species.
The Megaladon lived between 2.6 and 23 million years ago, and it was the largest shark and largest fish to have ever existed.
Megalodon sharks grew about 33.5 feet long on average, but some scientists believe the largest Megaladons grew up to 82 feet long.
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In fact, the name "Megalodon" includes two Greek words that translate to "giant tooth."
The tooth young Molly found was the size of her hand.
Molly shared her fossil with the paleontologists at the Calvert Marine Museum in southern Maryland, who confirmed the 9-year-old’s discovery.
"Molly was excited to share her awesome find with our paleontology department last week at the museum," shared the Calvert Marine Museum in a Facebook post on Friday.
Calvert County beaches in southern Maryland are popular sites for fossil hunters. The beach at Calvert Cliffs State Park, in particular, has been the site of many discoveries.