New Mexicodiscovered in 300 million year old shark now it has got its new name. When it was first discovered “GodzillaThe bone structure and type of the shark, nicknamed ”was examined. This temporary nickname was changed by scientists to its original name.
Researcher gave the shark its own name
The fossilized skeleton of the shark was discovered in New Mexico in 2013. Godzilla Shark nicknamed the animal species, by the researchers’Dracopristis Hoffmanorum‘so’Hoffman’s Dragon Shark‘was named.
Lived 300 million years ago 6,7 fit (2.04 meters) long shark fossils, graduate student John-Paul Hodnett found by. Fossil first in New Mexico Albuquerque about 50 km from the city Manzano MountainsIt was unearthed during an excavation in.
At the point we came to as a result of researches Hodnett and other researchers identified the shark as a separate species as a result of their findings. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) published in their newsletter. The teeth of the fish were emphasized as the most striking feature in this bulletin.
According to the researchers, the fish’s teeth were the first sign that it might be a different species. NMMNHS According to the report shared by the shark, 12 rows of piercing teeth and also on the back 2,5 fit (0.7 meters) long there are two fin spines. Thanks to these features in the published report, Godzilla shark was referred to as.
The official naming took place after seven years of conservation and research work. Hodnett and his team learned that this is a new breed of shark. It was announced that it was named because of its Godzilla-like features (large jaws and large spines) and to honor the Hoffman family, who owned the land from which the fossil originated.
The rescued skeleton, approx. From modern sharks 390 million years ago leaving. For this reason, it appears as a new species. However, in the NMMNHS report, 252 million years beforeIt is stated to be extinct at the end of the Paleozoic Age.