Friday, 15 February 2019
GLORIOUS SHARK OF CHUBUT
These big beasties lived during Oligocene, Miocene, and Pliocene, 28-5 million years ago. This fellow is considered to be a close relative of the famous prehistoric mega-toothed shark, C. megalodon, although the classification of this species is still disputed.
Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz first identified this shark as a species of Carcharodon in 1843. In 1906, Ameghino renamed this shark as C. chubutensis. In 1964, shark researcher, L. S. Glikman recognized the transition of Otodus obliquus to C. auriculatus. In 1987, shark researcher, H. Cappetta reorganized the C. auriculatus - C. megalodon lineage and placed all related mega-toothed sharks along with this species in the genus Carcharocles. At long last, the complete Otodus obliquus to C. megalodon progression became clear and has since gained the acceptance of his peers. The specimen you see here is in the Geological Museum in Lisbon. Photo credit: Luis Lima.