Scientists identify a new species of an extinct shark in western coast waters

November 4, 2013 4:36 PM

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It has been fifty years since some shark teeth were found along the coasts of California and Oregon. They were tossed in a drawer for years. Now the findings are confirmed, reports NBC News today from Los Angeles. They belong to the megamouth shark that prowled the ocean twenty three million years ago.

Through the inquisitive interest of Kenshu Shimada, a paleobiologist at De Paul University in Chicago, he found the shark teeth at the Los Angeles County Museum. He was told that other scientists were studying them. He pursued that information but there were no scientists actively working on the spe...

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