Inside the Collections: Fossil Sharks and Ammonites
Most of the Museum’s collection is from the Paleozoic era, around 240-350 million years ago, and includes both marine invertebrates like ammonites, as well as fossil fish and sharks. The wealth of well-preserved specimens in the collection allows Museum scientists to explore new questions and technologies.
Read a blog post about the ancient shark fossil which revealed new insights into jaw evolution.
Marine biologists in South Carolina head out on the water to catch and tag sharks, and to collect genetic samples that will be analyzed back in the lab. Efforts to understand and track shark populations are contributing to the rebound of numerous species in U.S. coastal waters.
Scientists use CT scanning technology to compare living and fossil sharks. Over their 450 million-year evolutionary history, sharks have evolved a tremendous diversity of traits, including the ability to detect low-frequency sounds coming from potential prey.
From the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to the Hall of Vertebrate Origins, the Museum is a great place to learn about these often-misunderstood predators. Read this blog post to learn more about spectacular sharks.