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- The findings were published in a bulletin for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
- The “Godzilla” shark has been named Dracopristis hoffmanorum, or Hoffman’s Dragon Shark.
- The shark had 12 rows of sharp teeth and two 2.5-foot fin spines.
The “Godzilla” shark whose fossils were found in New Mexico in 2013 has finally been formally named.
Researchers have named the once 6.7-foot shark Dracopristis hoffmanorum, or Hoffman’s Dragon Shark, honoring the Hoffman family, who own the land in the Manzano Mountains where the shark was found.
Dating back 300-million years, the shark had 12 rows of sharp teeth, though somewhat shorter than the modern shark, and two 2.5-foot fin spines, its appearance leading to it being dubbed the “Godzilla” shark.
“Great for grasping and crushing prey rather than piercing prey,” said John-Paul Hodnett, then a graduate student when he discovered the first fossils of the shark in 2013.
Hodnett published his findings with other researchers in a bulletin for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, identifying the shark as a new species.
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