Sharks have been around for a long, long time, and of all the creatures that roam the earth today, they are one of the few that has not essentially changed in decades. A newly discovered shark that was swimming the oceans at the same time, the mighty T. rex slumbering ashore, just got a very nerdy name, all thanks to their teeth.
The new species, called Galagadon nordquistae are long gone. In fact, there is virtually nothing left of the species, and paleontologists can only guess what the creature looked like only on their teeth.
However, the teeth can tell scientists a lot about a shark and the researchers The North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have found that the shark was rather small and only about a foot long or a little longer.
The teeth discovered by researchers were very, very small. "I'm surprised we can find microscopic shark teeth sitting right next to the bones of the greatest predators of all time," said NC State's Terry Gates in a statement. "These teeth are the size of a grain of sand. Without a microscope, just throw it away. "
His teeth are also the reason why the shark bears its retro-inspired scientific name. The "Galaga" in Galagadon is an allusion to the incredibly popular arcade shooter from the 1980s. The shark's teeth are somehow shaped like the spaceships in Galaga [19459004and that was enough for scientists to give him a game-inspired label.