Shell Specimen: Shark

“Shelling” is a fun for professional scientist and amateurs alike. Most sea shells are made by snails and clams, but sometimes beachcombing can find shark’s teeth washed ashore. Unlike humans, sharks have a stacked supply of replacement teeth ready to move forward when one is lost while feeding. This is why shark teeth are so abundant in the fossil record as well. To see my fossil shark and ray teeth click here. To see my shark, ray, and skate models click here.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Chordata – Subphylum: Vertebrata – Class: Chondrichthyes

(Sharks, Rays and Skates)

Shark Jaw

Sawfish

Data: Dance, S. Peter, Smithsonian Handbook: Shells, The photographic regognition guide to seashells of the world. A Dorling Kindersley Book.

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