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A Pink Deer boy finds an historical shark tooth in his yard

A 60-million-year-old shark-toothed dinosaur boy discovered Pink Fox — proper in his entrance yard.

Max Maurizio, 7, was checking the sand dunes close to his house on acreage southeast of Pink Deer on Monday when he discovered one thing not like every other sand dunes. It’s sharp at one finish and about an inch and a half lengthy.

“He bumped into the home and mentioned, ‘I discovered a tooth! I discovered a tooth!” remembers his mother, Carly Maurizio.

At first, Max’s mother and father mentioned it got here from one in all their cats. However Carly took a better take a look at it and determined, “It is very previous…

Impressed by Max’s discovery, his father, Claudio Maurizio, despatched a photograph of the tooth to the world-renowned Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller.

On Tuesday, I obtained an e mail response from the museum. The picture was despatched to Dr. Don Brinkman, an professional on freshwater fish and turtles.

Brinkman concluded that the pure tooth belongs to the genus Scapanorhynchus – an historical, long-nosed, extinct shark whose closest relative is the goblin shark.

“That is wonderful,” Brinkman mentioned in an e mail.

Scapanorhynchus reached three meters in size and was a wholly marine animal, “so it was uncommon to be within the Pink Sea area. Nevertheless, I’ve seen one tooth of this genus from exposures of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation within the Tolman Bridge space,” east of Trochu, Brinkman wrote.

He mentioned the rocks round Pink Deer are from the Paskapoo Formation, which is about 60 million years previous.

From 100 million to 66 million years in the past, the Prairies had been coated by a heat inland sea. Scientists imagine that this Western Sea is 3,000 km lengthy, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, 1,000 km broad and 700 meters deep.

Historic water incorporates many sorts of life, together with sharks, bony fish, marine reptiles, snails, ammonites and different mollusks.

The Maurizio household appreciates the knowledge offered by the dental museum.

Max may be very enthusiastic about his discovery and needs to be a scientist sooner or later, Carly mentioned.

Claudio mentioned his son nonetheless sees issues that others do not. As soon as, earlier than happening a nature stroll together with his grandfather in Ontario, Max mentioned he discovered a bone – and certainly, he discovered a small piece of untamed animal bone, and remembered his father.

Since Max has turn out to be fascinated with dinosaurs, the entire household, together with youthful brother Meyer, camps in Drumheller and visits the museum no less than every year, mentioned Carly.

“Even once we go for brief walks or walks, Max is wanting down on the floor, on the lookout for scraps… It is wonderful to search out issues in all places, even in your yard, ” he added.


lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com
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This is a close-up of seven-year-old Max Maurizio’s previous shark tooth present in his Pink Deer County yard. (Contributed picture).

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