Scientists report trove of shark fossils in Mammoth Cave

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MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – Paleontologists working at Mammoth Cave National Park say they have discovered shark fossils that include part of a shark head and dorsal fins.

The Courier-Journal reports fossils of shark teeth are common, but fossilized skeletons are uncommon because cartilage does not typically survive. Paleontologist John-Paul Hodnett visited the cave in November and says “my mind was blown.”

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The find includes a lower jaw, skull cartilage and several teeth from a shark that lived around 330 million years ago.

There are also teeth and dorsal fins from other species. Hodnett says their exploration of the fossils has “just scratched the surface.”

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