Fossils of the 6.7-foot-long beast were uncovered coincidentally in 2013 when a group of scientists was examining rocks at the spot.
Godzilla Shark, a beast shark whose fossilized skeleton was found in New Mexico in 2013, has been named ‘Dracopristis Hoffmanorum’, or ‘Hoffman’s Dragon Shark’, by analysts. The fossils of the 6.7-foot-long shark that lived 300 million years prior were uncovered during a burrow at the Manzano Mountains, about 50km from Albuquerque in New Mexico, by an alumni understudy, John-Paul Hodnett.
At first, because of its highlights, the beast was nicknamed ‘Godzilla Shark’. A couple of days prior, Hodnett and different scientists distributed their discoveries in a New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) notice where they recognized the shark as a different animal categories.
Discussing the shark’s teeth, Hodnett said they were “extraordinary for getting a handle on and pounding prey as opposed to penetrating prey”. As indicated by the analysts, its teeth were the principal sign that it very well may be a particular animal types.
As per a NMMNHS report the shark had 12 lines of puncturing teeth and bore two 2.5-foot-long blade spines on its back. The report expressed that these were the highlights that at first gave it the famous sobriquet of ‘Godzilla Shark’.
Hodnett, alongside a gathering of researchers, was on a visit to the mountains to consider shakes and plant fossils in 2013 when he ran over the startling find. The NMMNHS cited Hodnett as saying, “I was simply sitting in an obscure spot utilizing a folding knife to part and move through the shaley limestones, not discovering much with the exception of sections of plants and a couple of fish scales when out of nowhere I hit something that was somewhat denser.” He added that it was an “energizing” find as “no huge tetrapod had been found at that site previously”.
The conventional naming followed seven years of protection, and exploration work, after which Hodnett and his group discovered that it was another sort of shark. They named it ‘Dracopristis Hoffmanorum’, or ‘Hoffman’s Dragon Shark, in acknowledgment to its Godzilla-like attributes (enormous jaws and huge spines), and to respect the Hoffman family that claims the land where the fossil was uncovered.
The recuperated skeleton addresses a transformative part of the sharks that split off from the cutting edge sharks roughly 390 million years prior. Notwithstanding, they went wiped out before the conclusion of the Paleozoic Age, around 252 million years prior, states the NMMNHS report.