Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

Scientists find fossil of shark-like ancient sea creature

A team of scientists claimed to have found fossilized remains of a new fish species that they believe looked and ate like a shark.

An analysis of the fossil revealed that it belonged to a previously unknown bony, sharp-toothed species that would have been nearly six-feet or 1.83 meters in length with long jaws and multiple layers of sharp teeth.

The long jaw and layers of teeth on the ancient fish called Birgeria Americana suggest that members of this species would have chomped down on its prey prior to swallowing it whole, like sharks.

Carlo Romano of the University of Zurich, who led the study, said, “The surprising find from Elko County in northeastern Nevada is one of the most completely preserved vertebrate remains from this time-period ever discovered in the United States.”

Birgeria americana predates the ancient species Ichthyosaur by more than 30 million years. Researchers believe that the fossil would also shed light on how quickly predator species evolved after Earth’s third mass extinction, which proceeded the Triassic period nearly 250 million years ago.

The researchers reported the details of their study in the most recent edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal.