Historical Sharks Found in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave

The fossils of at the least 40 completely different species of shark and shut family have been found in distant cave places inside the park since survey efforts began 10 months in the past.

The fossils could possibly be greater than 325 million years previous, which is when the limestones of the Mammoth Cave System have been shaped, throughout the Mississippian Interval of the Late Paleozoic Period.

“I’m completely amazed on the variety of sharks we see whereas exploring the passages that make up Mammoth Cave,” stated John-Paul Hodnett, a paleontologist from the Maryland-Nationwide Capital Parks and Planning Fee, who was recruited particularly for the venture.

We’re seeing a variety of various species of chondrichthyans [cartilaginous fish] that fill a wide range of ecological niches, from giant predators to tiny little sharks that lived amongst the crinoid [sea lily] forest on the seafloor that was their habitat.”

“One specimen was found by a caver with the Cave Analysis Basis and the opposite has been identified by the park guides for years,” the NPS stated.

“The preservation of cartilage in layers of Paleozoic rock is a really uncommon prevalence and moved the workforce to completely doc these specimens.”

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