Morden, Manitoba, April 6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada’s Fossil Discovery Center has unveiled Canada’s first and only almost complete fossil shark skeleton. This is one of the largest in the world.
We nicknamed this fossil Dave after David Ramgale, as the specimen was found on his farm in Thornhill, a few miles west of Morden.
Dave was discovered during mining operations in 1975 and was collected by a crew led by Henry Isaac and Don Bell, but four field jackets on the shelves of the collection room (between many other jackets!). Hidden his secret for nearly 40 years.
Ten years ago, our lab crew opened these jackets to realize that this wasn’t another powerful Mosasaurus, but actually a shark.
The skeleton of fossil sharks is extremely rare. Because of the cartilage composition of their skeleton, they are not well suited for the fossilization process.
That’s why teeth are the only relic we usually find in sharks.
Dave differs in so many ways, but the more annoying thing is that he has an almost complete skeleton rather than a single tooth.
Scientific research is underway and the preliminary conclusion is that due to the special shape and size of the jaw, the large size of the entire skull, and the lack of teeth, Dave is actually a very rare filter feeder shark. Is that.
Over the last few months, we have been working hard to create this magnificent new display.
The antique art was commissioned by Julius Sotney. Julius Sotney was able to not only reconstruct what Dave would look like while roaming the ocean, but also create a landscape depiction surrounded by all kinds of fish and Hesperornis. He found it near Dave, including Tylosaurus and Inoceramus.
Dave has already been inducted into the Cretaceous Hall of Fame, along with Bruce (Guinness World Records as the largest Mosasaurus on display) Susie and Presi (all found on Rumgale’s farm).
Fortunately, David Lumgair and MLA Honorable Cameron Friesen unveiled. And I can’t wait to welcome you to meet Dave in person !!
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