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'Godzilla' shark unearthed in New Mexico


Posted on Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

The shark shared several features with its namesake. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikiodaiba
A 300 million-year-old shark has been named after its resemblance to the famous Japanese movie monster.
The fossil remains were discovered by palaeontologist John-Paul-Hodnett during a trip to the Monzano Mountains where he came across the tip of the creature's nose embedded in a rock face.

The shark's name was chosen due to the number of ways in which it resembled the eponymous movie monster, including a disproportionately large dorsal fin, broad and short teeth, reptilian-like dermal denticles all over its body and the fact that, for its time, the species was far larger than anything else.

"At this time frame, there were not many large predators on land, with the exception of a few derived amphibian species," said Hodnett. "There were giant millipedes and other large insects that lived on the forest floor and canopy."

Researchers are now hoping to use a CT scanner to map every inch of the creature's body and to produce a 3D model of the shark from which they can attempt to unravel more of its secrets.

Source: Discovery News | Comments (11)

Tags: Shark, Godzilla


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 20 May, 2014, 14:57
With the Japanese call it a Gojira Shark?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew on 21 May, 2014, 2:11
"Oh no, there goes Tokyo, go, go Godzilla!"
Comment icon #4 Posted by The___Piper on 21 May, 2014, 4:31
Convenient timing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheSpoonyOne on 21 May, 2014, 8:22
Am I the only one who thinks their fins in that depiction look awesome?
Comment icon #6 Posted by hammerclaw on 21 May, 2014, 19:29
It bears about as much resemblance to Godzilla as it does to Kermit the Frog.
Comment icon #7 Posted by FizzPuff on 22 May, 2014, 21:51
He's real...
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 29 May, 2014, 14:17
I was thinking the same thing with the new movie and all.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silent Trinity on 4 June, 2014, 10:51
yeah amazing timing on the naming lol, interesting discovery though regardless. Although to me it bares a striking resemblance to Baby Sinclair from the show Dinosaurs lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 11 June, 2014, 16:00
By seeing the title,i thought it will be at least 30 feet or so..Only 9 feet....
Comment icon #11 Posted by CuriousRey on 13 June, 2014, 20:57
Godzilla? Really, weak comparison. It just looks like a goofy shark.


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