Sharks have been around for a long time, and from all creatures that roam the Earth today, they are one of the few that have remained unchanged for tens of millions of years. Newfound ancient shark species that swim in the ocean together with the mighty ones T. rex wood on the ground was only given a very nerdy name, and that was all thanks to his teeth.
New species, named Galagadon nordquistaelong gone. In fact, there is almost nothing left of the species at all, and paleontologists are left to guess what the creature is based only on its teeth.
However, its teeth can tell many scientists about sharks, and researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have determined that the shark is rather small, only about one foot long or slightly longer.
The teeth found by researchers are very, very small. "It amazes me that we can find microscopic shark teeth sitting right next to the biggest predator bone of all time," Terry Gates of NC State said in a statement. "These teeth are about the size of a sand. Without a microscope, you will just throw it away. "
Its teeth are also the reason sharks carry their retro-inspired scientific name. "Galaga" in Galagadon is a nod to a very popular arcade shooter from the 1980s. Shark teeth are shaped rather like spacecraft Galaga, and that was enough for scientists to label him inspired by the game.