Mega-Shark Teeth Of 25-Million-Year-Old Found On Australian Beach

Amateur fossil hunter stumbles upon rare teeth from ancient mega-shark

Amateur fossil hunter stumbles upon rare teeth from ancient mega-shark

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.

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

Phillip Mullaly, an Australian fossil enthusiast and teacher, made the discovery of his life on a beach in Australia.

The shark was about twice the length of a normal great white shark.

"These teeth are of global significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world", Fitzgerald explained. So, they organized two expeditions to excavate the site, where they were able to collect more than 40 shark teeth.

Mullaly donated the teeth to the Melbourne Museum, where they are on display until October 7.

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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.

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

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

Among the treasure trove of megashark teeth, the team also found prehistoric teeth belonging to a sixgill shark, which is a bottom-feeding scavenger that still swims off the coasts of Australia today. That cartilage does not easily decompose, which is why individual shark tooth fossils are somewhat common.

Fitzgerald said he believes there may be even more shark teeth at Jan Juc and even parts of a spinal column lodged in the cliff, based on what he saw during the excavation.

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. Some belonged to other species of shark, but a shocking number of them belong to the Carcharocles angustidens. This means that the sixgill shark's behavior has not changed much for tens of millions of years.

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