Fish – shark

Sharks had lots of sharp teeth which they shed quite regularly. So it’s not surprising that their teeth are the commonest evidence of their existence. The rest of the skeleton was composed of cartilage (which isn’t as hard and rigid as bone), so usually it’s only their teeth and fin spines that are preserved as fossils.

Find out more on the fish page.

Common name

Fish - shark

Type

Vertebrates > Fish


Strata

Chalk, Lower

Time period

Upper Cretaceous

Age

96 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.10135-9