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'Godzilla' shark unearthed in New Mexico

May 20, 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)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
With the Japanese call it a Gojira Shark?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
"Oh no, there goes Tokyo, go, go Godzilla!"
Comment icon #4 Posted by The___Piper 8 years ago
Convenient timing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 8 years ago
Am I the only one who thinks their fins in that depiction look awesome?
Comment icon #6 Posted by hammerclaw 8 years ago
It bears about as much resemblance to Godzilla as it does to Kermit the Frog.
Comment icon #7 Posted by FizzPuff 8 years ago
He's real...
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 8 years ago
Convenient timing. I was thinking the same thing with the new movie and all.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
By seeing the title,i thought it will be at least 30 feet or so..Only 9 feet....
Comment icon #11 Posted by CuriousRey 8 years ago
Godzilla? Really, weak comparison. It just looks like a goofy shark.


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