This has been one heck of suspense.
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Last year, Rick Olson and Rick Toomey, the cave specialists had their eyes towards an unusual fossil.
They ended up looking at the surprising model amidst exploring the Mammoth Cave system in its National Park.
The researchers were keen on the fossil and wanted to do full research on it. They made a lot of effort to get to know the exact animal species of the surprising fossil. They also tried identifying the bones.
The pictures of the fossil were further sent to a senior paleontologist, Vincent Santucci. He is from the National Park Service, Washington, D.C. The two researchers expected that the senior will be able to figure out the bones and figure out the animals.
The senior paleontologist observed the fossil closely and began with the research. The images were sent to another paleontologist, Paul Hodnett. Hodnett was able to figure out the shark fossils but a set of remains him bothered him.
He particularly researched about them. Paul claimed that the images depicted the teeth of a shark. The image had also shown a large section of fossilized cartilage.
He made an assumption that the skeletons of the same might have also been preserved in the cave.
The surprising piece of fossil left Hodnett in deep research. He got really interested in knowing everything. Finally, Hodnett was able to discover every bit of it.
Hodnett was intrigued as the cartilage is not able to live up the fossilization. This led to the discovery that the skeletons of the shark are totally very rare.
The discovery said that the shark belonged to the species named, ‘Saivodus Striatus’. The species used to exist around 330 to 340 million years ago. Hats off to Hodnett and the entire team.
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