Fossilized Shark's Teeth at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
by EJ on 08/14/12
Look we we found at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel
University's BUG FEST this past weekend. While making friends with
countless live bugs, bug edibles and butterflies throughout the museum
that day, I wasn't sure if we'd find any evidence of sharks for Crazy
for Shark Week
but alas, there these beauties were... nestled in the Academy's 200 Years of Discovery
room (which might I add, is one the coolest museum exhibits I've ever
seen). If you like lots of dead things in jars, then this is the exhibit
for you. Seriously, it's really cool. We had so much fun identifying
all of the amazing creatures (or parts of creatures) in the exhibit.
These are the fossilized teeth of the extinct Giant Great White Shark, the Carcharocles
auriculatus, a close relative of the Megalodon. Sound impressive? This
shark was a dominant shark species throughout the Eocene Epoch, 45 to 55
millions years ago.
If you visit the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University by
March 2013 you can check out this amazing exhibit for yourself. Don't
forget to look for the Great hammerhead shark which has been preserved
for two hundred years!