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Weirdo Manta Shark Found Fossilized in Mexican Limestone

Paleontologists announced the discovery of an extraordinary Manta shark in Mexico. They describe Aquilolamna milarcae, a Late Cretaceous shark, which was wider in shape than its length. The authors across the world believe A. Milarcae was evidence of lamniform, the same plethora that today comprises the great white and megamouth shark.

“This lineage of sharks became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous without descendants. After that, the ecological niche became vacant, and then, a lineage of blastoids—rays—evolved towards manta rays,” said Romain Vullo, a paleontologist at the University of Rennes in France and lead author of the research paper.

Vullo was affirmative that the shark was a languid predator, which was similar to the other sharks in railing over the shallow sea that once centrifuged central North America. A. milarcae would have used those remarkable pectoral fins to do the marine equivalent of hang-gliding, coasting through the seas and, perhaps, gobbling up plankton that got in its way.

The weirdo Manta Shark was planktivorous according to the hypothesis of Vullo in accordance with his team. Contrastingly, the fossil had no indication of teeth whereas the Significant species of ancient Manta Sharks were identified on the basis of their teeth.

Vullo condemned its hypothesis of finding the fossil by stating that when you work on a specified specimen, you generally lack the awareness to gather peculiar information over all sorts. Criticizing his theory he said, the main information we miss is the dentition of the research. “This is what I’d like to answer: What was the dentition of Aquilolamna, and check if it is, indeed, Cretomanta.” Vullo sarcastically criticized his findings in front of the media.

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