The teeth of the largest prehistoric shark that lived 2.5 million years ago were found in the Gulf of Mexico

The teeth of the largest prehistoric shark that lived 2.5 million years ago were found in the Gulf of Mexico
The teeth of the largest prehistoric shark that lived 2.5 million years ago were found in the Gulf of Mexico
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The find can confirm the assumptions of scientists that the territory of the capital of the state of Yucatan was once under water.

Divers in the Gulf of Mexico
Divers in the Gulf of Mexico

At the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Yucatan, divers found 15 shark tooth fossils, thirteen of which, according to scientists, belonged to three different species of these fish, including the ancient megalodon. In addition, animal vertebrae and human bones were among the remains, local media reported.

All the remains were imprinted into the walls of the cenote - a natural funnel formed as a result of the collapse of the arch of a limestone cave - called Khos, which means "shark" in the Mayan language. The grotto is located at a depth of almost 30 meters near the city of Merida - the state capital. On the territory of the entire Yucatan, there are more than six thousand cenotes.

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Merida, also called the White City, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of the ancient, once prosperous Mayan city of Tho and is located on the plain, which is located in the area of the crater formed by the fall of the Chicxulub asteroid more than 60 million years ago. According to some assumptions of scientists, many centuries ago this area was underwater.

Cavernite photographer and photographer Kai Nite Vilchis Zapata and his colleague Erik Sosa Rodriguez said that an initial analysis of 13 teeth, their shape and size, showed that they belong to the already extinct megalodon, Mako shark and pylon shark (these two species still exist today). The find dates back to the Pliocene era. As for the human remains, according to preliminary data, the bones belong to adolescents.

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“This could be proof of what some scientists have already written about. Millions of years ago, this area was part of the sea. We have already handed over the discovered remains to anthropologists who will conduct research."

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