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Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

12 August 2018

According to the museum, these teeth provide evidence that a shark which would have grown to more than 30-feet in length, almost double the size of a great white, "once stalked Australia's ancient oceans" approximately 25 million years ago. Fitzgerald identified the teeth as belonging to a type of megatoothed shark called the great jagged narrow toothed-shark, or Carcharocles angustidens.

A teacher and fossil enthusiast found a giant set of prehistoric shark teeth estimated to be about 25 million years old at a beach in Australia.

The ancient shark was believed to grow up to about 9 meters (30 feet) long, double the size of a great white shark. They'll be on display until October 7. Immediately after he saw the tooth, he contacted Museums Victoria to let them know about the finding.

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Paleontologist-a lover Philip Mullaly came across a unique artifact when walking through the countryside, Jan-JUC, located about 100 kilometers from Melbourne.

"If you think about how long we've been looking for fossils around the world as a civilization-which is maybe 200 years-in (that time) we have found just three (sets of) fossils of this kind on the entire planet, and this most recent find from Australia is one of those three", Fitzgerald told CNN. That cartilage does not easily decompose, which is why individual shark tooth fossils are somewhat common. So he showed them to paleontologist Erich Fitzgerald, who went back with Mullaly and a team of experts to find over 40 more teeth and some vertebrae of the awesome Carcharocles angustidens.

He explained that nearly all fossils of sharks worldwide were just single teeth, and it was extremely rare to find multiple associated teeth from the same shark. Fitzgerald's team also came across the teeth of a sixgill shark-a creature that swims around Australia to this day-and concluded that a school of sixgills had fed on the massive Carcharocles angustidens on the sea floor. As scientists say, the sixgill's teeth were from several sharks, which most likely were feeding on Carcharocles angustidens' carcass. "The stench of blood and decaying flesh would have drawn scavengers from far around". "This find suggests they have performed that lifestyle here for tens of millions of years".

Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach