Mulally found a set of shark teeth dating back 25 million years, belonging to a "megatooth" shark believed to be twice the size of a great white.
Twenty-five million year old mega-shark teeth were discovered on a beach 100 kilometers south of Melbourne, Australia.
The fossil was discovered by Philip Mullaly, who is passionate about paleontology, while he was searching for fossils not far from the famous great Ocean Road. As it was confirmed by Erich Fitzgerald, a senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, the seven-centimeter-long teeth belong to a long extinct species called the great jagged narrow-toothed shark (Carcharocles angustidens).
"These teeth are of global significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world, and the very first set to ever be discovered in Australia", Fitzgerald said.
The teeth went on public display Thursday and will remain available to public view until October.
Secondly, these rare fossils are among a handful of ancient shark teeth to have been found as a set.
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"By donating his discovery to Museums Victoria, Phil has ensured that these unique fossils are available for scientific research and education both now and for generations to come". This makes the new find the very first evidence that Carcharocles angustidens once populated Australian waters, notes Cosmos Magazine. That cartilage does not easily decompose, which is why individual shark tooth fossils are somewhat common.
Realizing the fossilized shark teeth was all from the same species, Dr. Fitzgerald and colleagues suspected that they came from one individual shark and there might be more teeth at Jan Juc.
He explained that nearly all fossils of sharks worldwide were just single teeth, and it was extremely rare to find multiple associated teeth from the same shark. As scientists say, the sixgill's teeth were from several sharks, which most likely were feeding on Carcharocles angustidens' carcass.
"Sixgill sharks still live off the Victorian coast today, where they live off the remains of whales and other animals".
"This find suggests they have performed that lifestyle here for tens of millions of years", Museums Victoria paleontologist Tim Ziegler said.