Why Do This Ancient Shark's Microscopic Teeth Look Just Like the Spaceships in Galaga?
Take a look at the microscopic teeth of an ancient carpet shark whose existence has just been discovered.????And honestly, it kind of looks like the catfish’s mean uncle.????It’s called the Galagadon nordquistae — and it’s actually related to a different whiskered sea-dweller, the wobbegong.????It’s been named after the classic arcade game Galaga… because those choppers resemble the spaceships featured in it.????OK, the ‘80s were a while ago, but they’re not THAT old.
This guy’s from the Cretaceous period, some 67 million years ago.????The shark was only about 12 to 18 inches long and would’ve eaten things like small fish, snails and crawdads.????Researchers found more than two dozen teeth belonging to its species — each about the size of a sand grain!????Its remains were found in South Dakota, right near Sue, the most famous T.
Rex fossil ever found.????Lead author Terry Gates, a lecturer at North Carolina State University said in a release:????"The more we discover about the Cretaceous period just before the non-bird dinosaurs went extinct, the more fantastic that world becomes.”????Yeah, somebody should really write about fantastic beasts and — just spitballing here — where to find them.