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310-Million-Year-Old Shark Egg Found

UK palaeontologists have discovered a 310-million-year-old fossilized shark egg case in Yorkshire

Dean Lomax, a palaeontologist at the University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences and his team have discovered a shark egg case at a site which is believed to have been a tropical rainforest some 300 million years ago.

'The shark egg case is particularly rare and significant, because it’s soft bodied and an unusual object to find fossilised. We hope that future organised collecting of the site may reveal further rare discoveries, such as dragonflies, beetles, spiders and further evidence of vertebrates. And who knows, maybe we will even find the actual shark,' Lomax said in a news release.

Among the fossilized mermaid's purse, the scientists found several other well-preserved species of plants and animals such as a horseshoe crab (below), some of which are unrecorded. The derelict mining tip near Doncaster in Yorkshire, UK is proving to be one of the best places to find fossils in the UK.

The fossils will be put on display at the fossil collection of the Doncaster Museum later this year. 

Horseshoe crabHorseshoe crab / Dean Lomax

 

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