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Giant predatory shark fossil unearthed in Kansas
bbc ^ | 24 February 2010 | Matt Walker

Posted on 02/24/2010 9:51:06 AM PST by JoeProBono

The fossilised remains of a gigantic 10m-long predatory shark have been unearthed in Kansas, US.

Scientists dug up a gigantic jawbone, teeth and scales belonging to the shark which lived 89 million years ago. The bottom-dwelling predator had huge tooth plates, which it likely used to crush large shelled animals such as giant clams.

Palaeontologists already knew about the shark, but the new specimen suggests it was far bigger than previously thought.

The scientists who made the discovery, published in the journal Cretaceous Research, last week also released details of other newly discovered giant plankton-eating fish that swam in prehistoric seas for more than 100 million years.

The size of the jaw fragment in fact supports the contention that P. mortoni was a gigantic animal Dr Kenshu Shimada, DePaul University But this new fish, called Ptychodus mortoni, is both bigger and more fierce, having a taste for flesh rather than plankton.

It may even have been the largest shellfish-eating animal ever to have roamed the Earth.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: fossil; godsgravesglyphs; jpb; kansas; shark
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The jawbone fragment came from a huge fish (diagram courtesy of Dr Shimada)


1 posted on 02/24/2010 9:51:06 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows
Landshark PING!


2 posted on 02/24/2010 9:53:11 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: JoeProBono

Compared to some of the other nasties that swam around the Inland Sea at that time this shark was relatively harmless; big but fed on clams. Sounds like a giant Nurse Shark.


3 posted on 02/24/2010 9:53:28 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

A nurse shark may be similar in shape but not size to the prehistoric fossil


4 posted on 02/24/2010 9:56:27 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: a fool in paradise

5 posted on 02/24/2010 9:59:54 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

6 posted on 02/24/2010 10:00:29 AM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: All

7 posted on 02/24/2010 10:01:13 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Dumpster Baby

8 posted on 02/24/2010 10:02:41 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Sharks aren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto.


9 posted on 02/24/2010 10:03:20 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: JoeProBono

“predatory”???

WOW!
That’s new!


10 posted on 02/24/2010 10:03:56 AM PST by G Larry (DNC is comprised of REGRESSIVES!)
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To: JoeProBono

Ho-hum, another lawyer story.........


11 posted on 02/24/2010 10:04:04 AM PST by cowboyway
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To: JoeProBono
If it's in Kansas it must be this shark:

Land Shark!

12 posted on 02/24/2010 10:06:12 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberal Massachussetts says: "FUBO!")
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To: a fool in paradise

13 posted on 02/24/2010 10:07:37 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Sharks in Kansas?

Is that because of that global warming thingy that AlGore talks about?

14 posted on 02/24/2010 10:07:52 AM PST by Texas Jack (No, I'm the Tea Party leader)
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To: JoeProBono

I hate to get too technical, but I am an ecologist and am sensitive to the use of ecological terms. That said, ALL sharks are primarily predatory, regardless of their size. Even if they are plankton feeders - guess what - they PREY on plankton. Here’s the technical part, predation, always results in the death of the prey. Other feeding strategies like detritivory (eating stuff that is already dead) or herbivory, do not involve the killing of the eaten.


15 posted on 02/24/2010 10:11:04 AM PST by stormer
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To: Texas Jack

I like global warming, otherwise much of the greatest nation on this planet would still be under a giant glacier.


16 posted on 02/24/2010 10:12:21 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Texas Jack

17 posted on 02/24/2010 10:12:46 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
After being in the Merchant Marines and 16 years in the Navy, I can say with all honesty.........

I hate the ocean!

Hate it.

18 posted on 02/24/2010 10:12:49 AM PST by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: stormer

“..or herbivory, do not involve the killing of the eaten.”

The plants are killed in the process.


19 posted on 02/24/2010 10:13:49 AM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY (It's the spending, Stupid!)
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To: stormer

20 posted on 02/24/2010 10:14:31 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

21 posted on 02/24/2010 10:15:01 AM PST by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

CANDYGRAM.


22 posted on 02/24/2010 10:15:55 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: stormer

23 posted on 02/24/2010 10:16:22 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: GonzoGOP

24 posted on 02/24/2010 10:17:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SERE_DOC

Why do you hate the ocean? Just curious.


25 posted on 02/24/2010 10:24:26 AM PST by vigilo
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Not usually. When deer browse my trees, the trees don’t die. When cattle graze, the grass is still alive. There is plant predation where the entire plant is consumed, but often those plants annuals that have already completed their life cycle.


26 posted on 02/24/2010 10:25:12 AM PST by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

An excellent example of predation.


27 posted on 02/24/2010 10:27:09 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

ARE annuals


28 posted on 02/24/2010 10:27:42 AM PST by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

Wow!


29 posted on 02/24/2010 10:31:12 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”


30 posted on 02/24/2010 10:33:27 AM PST by wbill
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To: JoeProBono

Kansas, huh? Aren’t there those that claim there is no evidence the entire planet was ever covered in water? Interesting, very, very interesting...


31 posted on 02/24/2010 10:39:46 AM PST by dubyagee (Thrilled to be here...)
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To: wbill

32 posted on 02/24/2010 10:40:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: vigilo

33 posted on 02/24/2010 11:07:56 AM PST by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: stormer

An organism that eats plankton is called a planktivore, correct?


34 posted on 02/24/2010 11:10:57 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Eagle Eye

No, its called a customer at the Krabby Patty.


35 posted on 02/24/2010 11:13:15 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
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36 posted on 02/24/2010 11:17:01 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Eagle Eye

Sure - but it’s still predation.


37 posted on 02/24/2010 11:17:04 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

Agreed, but next time you say fume when you mean vapor or vapor when you mean gas or mist when you mean aerosol I’ll be all over you like a predator on prey! LOL


38 posted on 02/24/2010 11:37:53 AM PST by Eagle Eye (The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it is still on my list.)
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To: Eagle Eye

Up with that I will not put. I speak good.


39 posted on 02/24/2010 11:44:13 AM PST by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

If scientists discover a fossil on Mars, would it be correct to say that it had been “unmarsed”...or does unearthed still apply?


40 posted on 02/24/2010 11:47:01 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: JoeProBono

An 89,000,000 year old shark, found right in the middle of a continent on a 5,794 year old Earth.

I’m so confused!


41 posted on 02/24/2010 12:25:09 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: a fool in paradise
I like global warming, otherwise much of the greatest nation on this planet would still be under a giant glacier.

Do tell...

Was listening to the news at noon and the weather guy said a coming snow storm is going to leave 3 feet of snow in New England. Those commies up there in Vermont, or is it New Hampshire, better crank up their Suburbans. Chuckle

42 posted on 02/24/2010 12:31:02 PM PST by Texas Jack (No, I'm the Tea Party leader)
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To: JoeProBono
A few years back, I was down at about 80 feet on the outside of the reef that runs along the Caribbean trench about two miles off of Cozumel, just drifting with the current and looking at the coral when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. When I turned and looked, it was three sharks. One was about 10 feet in length and only and 15 feet from me. They were swimming into the current looking for dinner. I almost crapped in my wet suit and used up most of my air trying to get back through the reef into the shallows.

Ahh, the good old days.

43 posted on 02/24/2010 12:39:15 PM PST by Texas Jack (No, I'm the Tea Party leader)
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To: Texas Jack

44 posted on 02/24/2010 12:47:16 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SERE_DOC

After being in the Merchant Marines and 16 years in the Navy, I can say with all honesty.........
I hate the ocean!

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LOL. You and my father would have gotten along famously. He enjoyed his time in the Navy so much he had us kids all rooting for Army during the Army Navy football games. And we are quite close to Annapolis.


45 posted on 02/24/2010 1:12:19 PM PST by dmz
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46 posted on 02/24/2010 6:13:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (February 23, 1945 -- Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: JoeProBono

That one real??


47 posted on 02/24/2010 8:51:05 PM PST by wendy1946
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To: wendy1946

Which?


48 posted on 02/24/2010 9:20:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: stormer
Other feeding strategies like detritivory (eating stuff that is already dead) or herbivory, do not involve the killing of the eaten.

You mean those carrots in the salad I ate for dinner are STILL alive?!? I know they live a long time out of the ground, but I was certain that chopping followed by thorough mastication killed them.

But eating plankton, which is in part plants, DOES kill it? Now I'm really confused.

49 posted on 02/24/2010 10:22:33 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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To: JoeProBono

THAT is going to require one HUMONGENORMOUS potato to make enough chips to serve with it!


50 posted on 02/24/2010 10:25:40 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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