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  • New Giant Shark Fossil Found

    The fossilised remains of a gigantic 10m-long predatory shark have been unearthed in Kansas, US.
    Scientists dug up a gigantic jawbone, teeth and scales belonging to the shark which lived 89 million years ago.
    The bottom-dwelling predator had huge tooth plates, which it likely used to crush large shelled animals such as giant clams.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth...00/8530995.stm
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    Does this mean there will be a new series on the History Channel, Discovery, or Spike:

    (cue the dramatic music and the deep announcer voice)

    In the years before man, enormous predators roamed the earth and seas. (cue CGI animations of dinosaurs and sharks etc.). Today we will examine what would have happened if the monstrous prehistoric shellfish eater, Ptychodus mortoni (cue CGI of some clams being eaten by this beastie) took on the giant pliosaur (cue louder, scarier music) Predator X

    cue CGI of this




    (go to commercial)
    Last edited by The Ibis; 24 Feb 10, 12:08.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by The Ibis View Post
      Does this mean there will be a new series on the History Channel, Discovery, or Spike:

      (cue the dramatic music and the deep announcer voice)

      In the years before man, enormous predators roamed the earth and seas. (cue CGI animations of dinosaurs and sharks etc.). Today we will examine what would have happened if the monstorous prehistoric shellfish eater, Ptychodus mortoni (cue CGI of some clams being eaten by this beastie) took on the giant pliosaur (cue louder, scarier music) Predator X

      [...]



      (go to commercial)
      For some reason I just can't suppress the mental image of Dorothy saying...

      "Toto, I have the feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."



      It may even have been the largest shellfish-eating animal ever to have roamed the Earth.
      It makes sense that "the largest shellfish-eating animal ever to have roamed the Earth" did its roaming back in the Cretaceous...



      Because the very high CO2 atmosphere and calcitic seas of the Cretaceous made for some very large shellfish...

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      • #4
        Holy giant fishsticks Batman!! Those are some BIIIIG buggers! Is it just me or were a lot of species much larger in the past? Thinking of land animals like sabertoothed tigers as well.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by joea View Post
          Holy giant fishsticks Batman!! Those are some BIIIIG buggers! Is it just me or were a lot of species much larger in the past? Thinking of land animals like sabertoothed tigers as well.
          Sabre-toothed cats cama along about 80 million years later...

          I'm just trying to picture a Cretaceous shark steak and a dozen ammonites on the half-shell...

          It would take a lot of beer to wash that meal down...
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          • #6
            You're gonna need a bigger boat.
            If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by The Ibis View Post
              Does this mean there will be a new series on the History Channel, Discovery, or Spike:

              (cue the dramatic music and the deep announcer voice)

              In the years before man, enormous predators roamed the earth and seas. (cue CGI animations of dinosaurs and sharks etc.). Today we will examine what would have happened if the monstrous prehistoric shellfish eater, Ptychodus mortoni (cue CGI of some clams being eaten by this beastie) took on the giant pliosaur (cue louder, scarier music) Predator X

              cue CGI of this




              (go to commercial)
              Probably, since most people cannot or will not absorb science any other way.

              Evolution seems to have driven predators into the ultra-predator range, leading to their decline and eventual extinction. After all, how many Megaladons could any area support?
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