Shark Teeth 25 Million Years Old Found By Amateur in Australia

Shark Teeth 25 Million Years Old Found By Amateur in Australia

Shark Teeth 25 Million Years Old Found By Amateur in Australia

All enthusiasts of paleontology from Australia have something to be excited about, as a set of teeth belonging to an ancient huge shark has been found on a beach some 100 kilometers from Melbourne.

He says the teeth date back 25 million years.

The man made the discovery on a beach south of Melbourne, Australia. The beast could grow to be as long as 30 feet, twice the size of a great white shark.

"These teeth are of worldwide significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world and the very first set to ever be discovered in Australia", Dr. Erich Fitzgerald, senior curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, said in a statement.

Though Mullaly, who is a schoolteacher and amateur fossil hunter, has collected more than 100 fossils, he never before found a prehistoric shark tooth.

"It dawned on me when I found the second, third and fourth tooth that this was a really big deal", Mullaly said.

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The teeth will be on display at the museum until October.

The teeth fossils are now on exhibit at Museums Victoria. When Fitzgerald and a team went to investigate, they found around 40 more teeth, including a few from a genus (Hexanchus) that is still alive today.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald at the Jan Juc site where the fossil was found.

Researchers believe those teeth were left behind as a result of getting lodged in the carcass of the Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark as smaller sharks fed on it after the much larger animal died. Although the team found evidence that there was only one megashark there, they found indications that there were several different sixgill sharks on the scene.

This makes the newfound fossils all the more extraordinary, as multiple shark teeth coming from the same specimen are notoriously hard to find. Some belonged to other species of shark, but a shocking number of them belong to the Carcharocles angustidens. "The stench of blood and decaying flesh would have drawn scavengers from far around".

Fitzgerald also determined that all of the teeth most likely came from the same individual shark. "They are still sharp, even 25 million years later".

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