CANBERRA – Thieves in Australia the tooth stolen from a megalodon, a huge haaisoort that approximately 1.6 million years ago died out. The fossil vanished from a national park, messages in Australian media.
The authorities had the location of the tooth as a precaution kept a secret. The fossil was still attached to a rock in the Cape Range National Park. With a hammer and chisel was the tooth most likely in five to ten minutes to chop, said a local manager of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the government agency that parks manages.
It is still unclear how the thief behind the existence of the fossil came. ,,Only a few local key people knew really what it was,” said the manager. He suspects that a local collector the 8 to 10 inch long tooth wanted to add to his collection. The object has an estimated value of several thousand dollars.
The megalodon was up to eighteen feet long.