Researchers believe they have found a fossil of a relative of Megalodon, calculated to be up to 12 meters long.
A group of scientists have discovered fossils of an animal classified as the ancestor of the megalodon, a giant, extinct shark. His body was found in a shark graveyard in the waters around Australia’s Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. a scientific source reported this Wednesday.
The discovery occurred during a research trip aboard the research vessel Investigator, which belongs to the Australian scientific agency CSIRO, and surveyed the seafloor in that remote region halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka.
On that expedition 750 Mineral Fossils of Shark Teeth Collected from Various Modern and Prehistoric Predatory Species Among them are those of the formidable Megadron ancestors, which according to statements are believed to be between 10 and 19 meters in size. Published today by CSIRO.
“Although extinct about 3.5 million years ago, this shark evolved into the megalodon, the largest species of shark.” Fishglen Moore, curator at the Western Australian Museum, who was involved in the CSIRO study, explains:
Megadrone is considered one of the most powerful predators in history, but little evidence of its existence has been preserved. Its appearance and maximum size reached are unknown, as some people like its teeth, the statement added.
Findings from Megalodon Ancestral Fossils
CSIRO researchers believe that this megadrone relative grew to about 12 meters, based on the teeth found.
On the research vessel Investigator, Scientists have also discovered a new species of modern marine animal.Many of them were hitherto unknown Like the tiny striped dogfish found off the coast of northwest Australia.
“This species is endemic to Australia but has not yet been named or described. The species we have collected will be of great scientific importance,” said a curator at the Western Australian Museum. said Fish Will White.
Also known as the dogfish (Heterodontus francisci), this species of shark is about one meter long, slow-moving, and usually found in shallow water.
Similarly These animals usually hide behind rocks and seaweed on the seafloor and come out at night to forage. ,. The new species discovered by the CISRO expedition inhabits waters more than 150 meters deep, according to the statement.
“From tiny new sharks that live on the ocean floor to giant, ancient mega sharks that once roamed the ocean, these biodiversity studies provide important information about life in the sea,” said CISRO’s chief scientist. says John Keysing.