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paperwasp
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Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
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The fossilized remains of six species of ancient shark previously unknown to science have been unearthed in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, with researchers hailing the site as "one of the most diverse Mississippian shark faunas in North America."

The fossils of at least 40 different species of shark and close relatives have been discovered in remote cave locations within the park since survey efforts started 10 months ago. The six previously undiscovered species include large predators and small bottom-feeders.

The fossils could be more than 325 million years old, which is when the limestones of the Mammoth Cave System were formed, during the Mississippian Period of the Late Paleozoic Era.

"We can hardly move more than a couple of feet as another tooth or spine is spotted in the cave ceiling or wall. We are seeing a range of different species of chondrichthyans [cartilaginous fish] that fill a variety of ecological niches, from large predators to tiny little sharks that lived amongst the crinoid [sea lily] forest on the seafloor that was their habitat."

Most of the shark fossils have been discovered in areas that are inaccessible to visitors on cave tours, but park staff have produced 3D models of the cartilaginous shark remains, and are preparing photographs, artists' renditions, and three-dimensional models for exhibition.

Ancient Sharks Discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave


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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
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during the Mississippian Period of the Late Paleozoic Era.
The good ole days


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SEClint
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Flashback
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
All sharks are ancient. Have u ever read a book??


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tankyank13
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
So Climate is changing?


Mr. Hangover
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325 million years old


This shite just blows my mind.


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OldHickory
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
Did it have two heads and come from bigger sharks?


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ezride25
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
I told y’all the earth was flat.


Willie Stroker
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So the mammoths were eating sharks...

Either that or driving SUVs before we knew it was possible, causing sea levels to rise.

Settled science previously told us that sea levels only rise due to manmade climate change. Now we know that mammoth's quite possibly created their demise by charting the same path that humans later followed. Will we ever learn?


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roguetiger15
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
325 MILLION years old and we have people roaming the earth thinking humans can affect weather.


UKWildcats
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
What blows my mind is just how much of Mammoth Cave has still not been seen by man's eyes. Its a great trip if any of y'all havent been. Not too far above Nashville.


Boo Krewe
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I wonder what scary creatures existed , giant octopus?


And global warming is real
Get educated


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sgallo3
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325 MILLION years old and we have people roaming the earth thinking humans can affect weather.


you do realize the two arent mutually exclusive correct?


deltaland
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
Today I learned there was a Mississippian Period


roguetiger15
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
No , it’s very mutually exclusive when you hear idiots try to fear monger saying water will rise if we don’t cut our carbon footprint in ten years.

The earth is estimated to be 4.5 billions years old and we have idiots thinking the climate is changing after the last 150 years of humans burning fossil fuels
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LSUWoodworker
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
Not possible, sharks swim, caves are in Kentucky duh.... this appears to be an attempt to get grant money.


LSUWoodworker
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re: Ancient shark fossils discovered in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave
Oh, and maybe Packer could do an animal story on it as well


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Yeti_Chaser
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What blows my mind is just how much of Mammoth Cave has still not been seen by man's eyes


Why is this?


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