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The original discovery of this fossil dates back to 1975 at a farm just west of Morden, Manitoba. The skeleton was brought into the museum and forgotten in the ever-growing fossil collection. The skeleton has been hidden in the collection room for more than 40 years and the center recently discovered the fossil in its storage some eight years ago.

Adolfo Cuertara, Executive Director of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, explained that “this is a very special shark for many reasons. It is quite possible that we are talking about a new species. Although the shark has not yet been given a scientific name, the museum has unofficially named the skeleton “Dave”, in honor of the farmer on whose land the skeleton was found.

After the fossils were rediscovered, Dave was put on display at the Fossil Center Museum. Dave is approximately 15 feet long and is one of the largest well-preserved shark skeletons in the world. In the world of paleontology, complete shark fossils are extremely rare due to their soft cartilage which disintegrates as they age. Dave’s species of sharks are toothless filter feeders, which receive their nutrients by taking them out of the water. Cuertara highlights Dave’s uniqueness, explaining, “The shape of the jaws and the skull and the type of structures it has, because the preservation is really amazing, tells us it’s probably going to be a new species. . The problem now is that we need scientific papers, scientific research and this paper is ongoing.

The Canadian Fossil Discovery Center hopes more scientific research will provide more information about Dave’s ancient shark species. For now, Dave is currently on display at the Canadian Center for Fossil Discovery and the museum has updated the exhibit with its current information.