Shark Teeth 25 Million Years Old Found By Amateur in Australia

12 August, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Great Jagged Narrow Toothed Shark teeth found in Australia

Phillip Mullaly, an Australian fossil enthusiast and teacher, made the discovery of his life on a beach in Australia. Using his vehicle keys, Mullaly carefully pried from the rock a shark tooth about the size of his palm.

All enthusiasts of paleontology from Australia have something to be excited about, as a set of teeth belonging to an ancient very big shark has been found on a beach some 100 kilometers from Melbourne. "I was immediately excited, it was just flawless and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people", recounts Mr. Mullaly.

Carcharocle angustidens inhabited the oceans of Australia about 25 million years ago, feeding on small whales and penguins.

The almost three-inch-long teeth belonged to a now-extinct ferocious shark, aptly named the great jagged narrow-toothed shark, which is a smaller cousin of the famous megalodon shark, the subject of the new movie.

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

He contacted Erich Fitzgerald, a paleontologist at the Museums Victoria in Melbourne, which announced the find on Thursday.

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.

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So the best news is that the Carcharocles angustidens is not going to kill us, or Jason Statham.

A schoolteacher and self-professed fossil hunter, Mullally has collected over 100 fossils, but never anything as old or significant as these.

"These teeth are of global 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", he said.

Fitzgerald also determined that all of the teeth most likely came from the same individual shark.

So with a team of paleontologists, Fitzgerald and Mullaly returned to the beach previous year, which was south of Melbourne.

Secondly, these rare fossils are among a handful of ancient shark teeth to have been found as a set. "They are still sharp, even 25 million years later".

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