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Ancient teeth lead researchers to antiquated shark discovery

Ancient teeth lead researchers to antiquated shark discovery

Researchers have detected a new class of antiquated shark, and during about 13 feet long, it was allied to a distance of a good white sharks of today.

The new predator, called Megalolamna paradoxodon, lived about 20 million years ago and is now extinct. The scientists formed their find on only a handful of teeth from a shark, describing 5 of a antiquated chompers (which originated from 3 opposite countries) in a new investigate in a biography Historical Biology. Like good whites, a shark is a member of a lamniformes group, and it lived during a Miocene epoch, that spans about 23 million to 5 million years in a past.

Kenshu Shimada, a lead author of a new paper and a highbrow during DePaul University, described a class as “exceptionally rare.”

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“The fact that such a vast lamniform shark with such a far-reaching geographic placement had evaded approval until now indicates only how small we still know about a Earth’s ancient sea ecosystem,” he told FoxNews.com in an email.

He pronounced that their newly-discovered ancient shark was “distantly related” to good white sharks.

The new shark had teeth in a front meant for grasping, and teeth in a behind for cutting, and expected ate “medium-sized fish” according to a statement from DePaul University announcing a discovery. Its teeth totalled as most as 1.8 inches long.

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