North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Ancient Shark with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth Discovered

Remember that popular 1980’s video game Galaga? Little triangle shaped space ships would fly around the screen. Laser cannons would fire out of the top of the ships, laying waste to aliens that dropped down from the top of the screen. Now imagine finding the fossilized teeth of a freshwater shark that lived 67 million years ago in the forests, swamps and winding rivers of what is now South Dakota. Amazingly, those teeth look like the Galaga spaceships! So, if you’re a scientist, what would you call your ancient shark discovery? That’s right. Galagadon.

The Butcher and the Knight

Scientists Discover Two New Prehistoric Reptiles in North Carolina
May 19, 2015

 

Getting around Durham was different 230 million years ago. 

On the plus side, you would have had zero chance of getting stuck in traffic on I-85, and finding parking at Duke or at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park would have been a breeze. You would, however, have constantly been on the lookout for the 9-foot-long crocodiles running around on their hind legs trying to eat you.

Emlyn Koster, PhD - NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Koster started his new job as Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in January 2013. He is a geologist educated in England and Canada who has already overseen several premier museums in the United States and Canada, leading landmark expansions of their facilities, exhibitions, programming, and outreach. Original Broadcast Date: 04/19/2013.