Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach


Mulally found a set of shark teeth dating back 25 million years, belonging to a "megatooth" shark believed to be twice the size of a great white.

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

Well, meet Philip Mullaly: "It was an awesome creature, it would have been terrifying to come across", the amateur fossil hunter and schoolteacher tells the New York Times of his 2015 discovery on a beach in Victoria, Australia. Fitzgerald identified the teeth as belonging to a type of megatoothed shark called the great jagged narrow toothed-shark, or Carcharocles angustidens.

"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.

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

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.

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

The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, nearly twice the length of today's great white shark. At the same time, ancient teeth are seldom preserved, because the cartilage in their make-up doesn't fossilize easily. However, Fitzgerald said that finding multiple teeth from a single shark is extremely rare.

Inches teeth belong to the extinct predator known as Osasuna big toothed shark.

"The stench of blood and decaying flesh would have drawn scavengers from far around", he said. As scientists say, the sixgill's teeth were from several sharks, which most likely were feeding on Carcharocles angustidens' carcass.

"Sixgill sharks still exist off the Victorian coast today, where they live off the remains of whales and other animals". This means that the sixgill shark's behavior has not changed much for tens of millions of years.