300 Million Year Old Godzilla Shark Has a New, Official Name

300 Million Year Old Godzilla Shark Discovered in New Mexico Gets a New Name


Godzilla Shark, a monster shark whose fossilised skeleton was found in New Mexico in 2013, has been named ‘Dracopristis Hoffmanorum’, or ‘Hoffman’s Dragon Shark’, by researchers. The fossils of the 6.7-foot-long shark that lived 300 million years in the past have been unearthed throughout a dig on the Manzano Mountains, about 50km from Albuquerque in New Mexico, by a graduate scholar, John-Paul Hodnett. Initially, as a result of its options, the monster was nicknamed ‘Godzilla Shark’. Just a few days in the past, Hodnett and different researchers revealed their findings in a New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) bulletin the place they recognized the shark as a separate species.

Talking in regards to the shark’s tooth, Hodnett mentioned they have been “great for grasping and crushing prey rather than piercing prey”. According to the researchers, its tooth have been the primary signal that it could be a definite species. According to an NMMNHS report the shark had 12 rows of piercing tooth and bore two 2.5-foot-long fin spines on its again. The report acknowledged that these have been the options that originally gave it the favored epithet of ‘Godzilla Shark’.

Hodnett, together with a bunch of scientists, was on a go to to the mountains to check rocks and plant fossils in 2013 when he got here throughout the surprising discover. The NMMNHS quoted Hodnett as saying, “I was just sitting in a shady spot using a pocket knife to split and shift through the shaley limestones, not finding much except fragments of plants and a few fish scales when suddenly I hit something that was a bit denser.” He added that it was an “exciting” discover as “no large tetrapod had been found at that site before”.

The formal naming adopted seven years of preservation, and analysis work, after which Hodnett and his crew discovered that it was a brand new type of shark. They named it ‘Dracopristis Hoffmanorum’, or ‘Hoffman’s Dragon Shark, in recognition to its Godzilla-like traits (large jaws and enormous spines), and to honour the Hoffman household that owns the land the place the fossil was unearthed.

The recovered skeleton represents an evolutionary department of the sharks that cut up off from the trendy sharks roughly 390 million years in the past. However, they went extinct by the tip of the Paleozoic Era, about 252 million years in the past, states the NMMNHS report.


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