Smithsonian Shark Teeth collection

An array of teeth from the sand tiger shark Carcharias taurus. The Smithsonian has the largest collection of shark teeth in the world, with more than 90,000 fossil shark teeth. More about sharks and great whites can be found in our Great White Shark featured story.

Post new comment


Submitted by Teresa Wooldridge (not verified) on

My husband and I have currently 60,000 teeth. We are hoping to beat the collection at the Smithsonian!!!

Submitted by Buddy Gilbert (not verified) on

I'm catching up on the Smithsonian. I have over 48,000 now and counting

Submitted by Octavian duliu (not verified) on


By micro-CT we have investigated a manganese nodule collected from the South Pacific Ocean. By the same method we have investigated a set of relative recent shark teeth collected from the Clarion-Clipperton abyssal plane. By external shape we thought that the shark tooth fragment seems to belong to genus Isurus. As the Smithsonian Institution has a rich collection of fossil as well as actual sharks, we would ask if you can help in determining the correct origin of fossil tooth.
Thanking for courtesy,

Octavian duliu