Shark

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Spine-up

This shark had two dorsal (back) fins, with spines on their front edges that curved towards its tail. Hybodus was widespread through the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. If attacked by a predator, this shark would stick its spines up, making it very difficult to consume. The Horn Shark off the California coast does just that today.

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Common name

Shark

Scientific name

Hybodus

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Purbeck Limestone Group

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

142 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00260