Rare set of mega shark teeth upgraded

A rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark more than twice the size of the wild big white shark has been eroded on the Australian coast. 1

9659004] The chance of discovering more than 40 teeth from a Shark of Carcharocles Angst Age 25 million years ago has excited paleontologists because it’s the first time a set of seven centimeter-long serrated chompers has been found in Australia.

While many individual teeth from this type of megadand sharks and its old relatives have been found around the world. Only two other sets have previously been upgraded in New Zealand and Belgium.

 Carcharocle's Angustidens grew to more than nine meters and hung on little whales and penguins while swimming ...


Carcharocles Angustidens grew to more than nine meters and hung on little whales and penguins while bathing the world oceans between 33 and 22 million years ago. The tooth here measures 4.25 – 10.8 cm. (Filfoto)

Amateurship inventor and school teacher Philip Mullaly initially discovered eight teeth that stood out of a stone on Jan Juc, near Torquay, about two years ago, and contacted Victoria’s Museums.

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Dr. Erich Fitzgerald, the museum’s senior curator of vertebrate palaeontology, organized his team to make a dig at the site last year and revealed more than 40 teeth and a part of the shark’s backbone.

“They are as sharp as they were the day they used to cut through the election,” he told AAP.

“Imagine a frying knife. They are sharp. “

Carcharocle’s Angustidens grew to more than nine meters and fought on little whales and penguins while swimming the world’s sea between 33 and 22 million years ago.

The species was an old cousin of the infamous Megalodon, as at three times the size of the big white was the biggest and most cruel shark ever lived before he died 2.6 million years ago.

Mullaly, a Geelong school teacher, was “blown away” when he found his first teeth in perfect condition.

“I was a little shocked because I saw it and I thought this looks like it’s clear, like it’s just falling out of a haisy’s mouth, even though it’s 25 million years old, says he.

Suspects that they were a rare discovery, contacted Mullaly Fitzgerald, as he knew from previous discoveries of fall fossils.

Fitzgerald says teeth and pieces of vertebrae are usually the only parts of a shark body found by fossil hunters, because the creature consists mostly of cartilage, a soft tissue that does not fossilize well. [19659004] “So to have fossil finds like those from Jan Juc where there are several teeth and a part of a vertebra is quite rare,” he said.

The collection of teeth will be public view for six months at Museums Victoria, Melbourne.

“People can get a real sense of the past from seeing them,” Mullaly said.

“They are really beautiful items.”



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