State Fossil

The state fossil of Georgia is the tooth of Carcharocles megalodon, a large shark that became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period. The pictured specimen, which dates to the Late Miocene, was found near Savannah and measures 11 centimeters.

Photograph by David R. Schwimmer

Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries