Sharks have been around for a long, long time, and by all the creatures that roam the Earth today, they are one of the few that remain largely unchanged for tens of millions of years. A newly discovered species of ancient shark, which at the same time floats in the strong oceans T. rex a very nervous name was given on the ground, and everything was due to his teeth.
The new species, called Nagandousta of Gamedadon, it's gone. In fact, there is nothing at all, and paleontologists are left to know what the creature looks like on the basis of its teeth.
But teeth can tell a lot about shark scientists, and researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have found that the shark was quite small, only about a foot or a little longer.
The teeth discovered by the researchers were very, very small. "It is amazing that we can find microscopic shark teeth that sit right next to the bones of the greatest predators of all time," says Terry Gates of NC State. "These teeth have a size of sandy grain. Without a microscope, you'll just throw them away.
His teeth are also the reason why the shark carries its retro-inspired scientific name. Gagala in Gamaladon is a sign of the incredibly popular arcade shooter of the 1980s. The teeth of the shark are somehow shaped like the spacecraft Galaga, and that was enough for scientists to give him a label inspired by the game.