Paleozoic Cladodont Primitive Shark Tooth

Aff Cladodus

Class Chondrichthyes, Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Selachimorpha

Geological Time: Upper Pennsylvanian, Missourian Stage, (~300 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Tooth 19 mm X 33 mm; Matrix 75 mm X 75 mm

Fossil Site: Stark Shale, Kansas City, Missouri

Fossil Code: VE031

Price: Sold

Cladodus shark toothThe late Pennsylvanian and early Permian dark shale deposits of the Midwest have produced some exceptional examples of fossils of the elasmobranches, the grouping to which sharks and rays belong. These horizons are the result of deep water deposits during marine transgressions into the interior of the continent that are known as cyclothems. These black shales represent deposition in a low to no oxygen environment which allowed for exceptional preservation of specimens that were free from predation and scavenging. This is a fine example of a tooth from a Cladodont shark. These sharks were almost certainly efficient predators. Their T shaped teeth with side cusps were designed for grasping prey.

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