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Megalodon shark tooth found here

This 4-inch Megalodon shark tooth was discovered on the front lawn of Millen residents Buford and Melodye Williams. The artifact was verified by Prof. Brent W. Tharp, Ph.D, director of the Georgia Southern University Museum in Statesboro. (Photo contributed) This 4-inch Megalodon shark tooth was discovered on the front lawn of Millen residents Buford and Melodye Williams. The artifact was verified by Prof. Brent W. Tharp, Ph.D, director of the Georgia Southern University Museum in Statesboro. 
(Photo contributed)
Yikes! Local residents don’t have to go to the beach to see a shark tooth! Millen resident Buford Williams recently discovered a Megalodon shark tooth in his backyard!

In late January, Mr. Williams observed a rather strange looking object lying on the front lawn of his Millen home. "At first I thought, what is a horse hoof doing here?" he said.

Mr. Williams walked by it three or four times, and kicked at it, before finally stopping, picking it up and looking at it more closely. It was then that he discovered that what he held in his hand appeared to be a giant shark's tooth.

Professor Brent W. Tharp, Ph.D., director of the Georgia Southern University Museum in Statesboro, later verified that the artifact is indeed a Megalodon shark tooth.

The Megalodon was a giant, whale-eating shark that emerged globally during the late Oligocene time period, some 23 to 34 million years ago. Megalodon reached lengths of 52-67 feet in length. They lived globally in warm seas. Climate change probably played a large role in their extinction.

So, how did this ancient artifact find its way to the front yard of a Millen home?

"We had some work done on our driveway a few months ago. I think that it was probably unearthed during that time. However, we really don't know for sure how it got here," said Buford's wife, Melodye. "One thing is certain, we are happy that it was found in our yard!"

The discovery could indicate that this area once lay beneath an ocean – millions of years ago when Magalodons ruled the seas!

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