Sharks from the Miocene

VP UF262182a VP UF262182d

Above is the front and back of a tooth of Carcharocles chubutensis, UF262182. This fossil was found in the Culebra Formation in Panama (Miocene).   Although this shark was not as large as the famous C. megalodon, it could reach large sizes—at 12.2 m (40 feet), it was about the length of a city bus! The tooth featured above is about half the length of the largest C. chubutensis that has been found.  A paper detailing this (and other fossil shark teeth found in Panama) can be accessed here.

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About Cristina Robins

The mission of the Panama Canal Project - Partnerships in International Research and Education [PCP PIRE] is to advance knowledge of the extinct faunas and floras of the ancient Neotropics based on the new fossil discoveries along the Canal. Consistent with NSF's PIRE program objectives, university students (undergraduate and graduate), postdocs, and faculty are engaging in PCP paleontological, geological, and biological research and Broader Impacts outreach. The ultimate outcome of the PCP PIRE will be to promote discovery and advance knowledge while training the next generation of scientists better able to engage in international experiences.

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