Paleontologists Find Extraordinary Set of Mega-Shark Teeth in Australia | Paleontology

Cristina Cross
August 12, 2018

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.

Philip Mullaly found a set of shark teeth in Jan Juc along Victoria's Surf Coast where a team of paleontologists at Museums Victoria excavated the fossils.

"I was immediately excited, it was just flawless and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people", he added.

The shark was among the top predators during its heyday 25 million years ago, feasting mostly on small whales.

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

Museums Victoria palaeontologist Tim Ziegler said the sixgill teeth were from several different individuals and would have become dislodged as they scavenged on the carcass of the Carcharocles angustidens after it died.

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"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.

The fossil was discovered by Philip Mullaly, who is passionate about paleontology, while he was searching for fossils not far from the famous great Ocean Road.

The recently found fossilized mega-shark teeth were dated 25-million-year-old and are now on display at the Melbourne Museum until October 7th. This makes the new find the very first evidence that Carcharocles angustidens once populated Australian waters, notes Cosmos Magazine.

Mullaly ended up leading scientists from the museum to the site and they were able to extract more than 40 teeth.

"Sixgill sharks still exist off the Victorian coast today, where they live off the remains of whales and other animals".

Fitzgerald suspected they came from one individual shark and there might be more entombed in the rock. "They are still sharp, even 25 million years later".

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