New fossil teeth of the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) from the Early Pliocene of Spain. Implication for its paleoecology in the Mediterranean
Authors: Adnet, Sylvain; Balbino, Ausenda C.; Antunes, Miguel Telles; Marín-Ferrer, J. M.
Source: Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie - Abhandlungen, Volume 256, Number 1, April 2010 , pp. 7-16(10)
Publisher: E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Abstract:We report here supplementary fossil evidence from Guardamar del Segura (south-eastern Spain) that the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias inhabits the Mediterranean since the Early Pliocene. Moreover, new fossils reveal that the body size of this great predator probably exceeded 6.7 m in total length, a rare size in fossil record and never verified for living specimens to date as discussed in regard of material and methods. A review of fossil evidences of the largest sharks in the Western Mediterranean at the Mio-Pliocene seems to display a gradual ecological replacement of the giant fossil Megatooth shark ("M." megalodon) by the modern C. carcharias beyond the dramatic marine environnemental crisis that underlines the Miocene/Pliocene boundary in the Mediterranean.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-04-01
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