A CT scan of the newly discovered Godzilla shark revealed that the impressive predator, which lived 300 million years ago, had teeth on its lips.
The shark resembled the fictional Godzilla due to its back spines, teeth and other features. It must have left victims in a bloody mess before they went into its stomach.
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"Unlike a lot of modern sharks, which can fully or partially suck in prey when they open their jaws, these primitive sharks had to ram their jaws into their prey," John-Paul Hodnett, who discovered the shark in the Monzano Mountains east of Albuquerque, told Discovery News.
Hodnett is an independent researcher with institutional ties to Northern Arizona University and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. He explained that Godzilla shark was a ctenacanth, meaning a type of extinct shark that, as a group, existed for at least 130 million years.
"The jaws of ctenacanths and their close kin only go up and down which only makes for a weak ‘suck-in' bite," he said. "So having teeth on the outside of the lip of the shark may of helped in grasping and securing prey in the mouth as they rushed forward for the kill."