SAFE BASE studies ancient creatures of the deep

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January 19, 2018 - 12:00 AM

 

In 1890, fossil hunter Charles H. Sternberg — a little man with a high forehead and kind, close-set eyes — knelt alone atop a chalk outcrop in Western Kansas, and, with his pick and his brush and with the fervor of man who’d been fossil-crazy since he’d arrived in the area from New York State as a boy of just 17, unearthed, vertebrae by vertebrae, the skeleton of a great prehistoric shark.

But it wasn’t just any shark. What the 40-year-old Sternberg uncovered was the King Kong of ancient sharks, Cretoxyrhina mantelli, the “Ginsu shark.”

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