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RandySF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:12 PM
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Jay Wright, Kentucky Miner, Finds 300-Million-Year-Old Shark Fossil
Irony: A 300-million year old fossil was found in the same state as planned creationism theme park.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A miner has found a fossil from a shark jawbone deep in a central Kentucky mine and now it is on display at the University of Kentucky.

The fossil was found in February in Webster County, Ky., where 25-year-old miner Jay Wright was working to bolt a roof 700 feet underground. The 300-million-year-old black jawbone is believed to be from a shark from the Edestus genus that once swam the seas over what is now Kentucky.

Wright said in an interview Friday with The Lexington Herald Leader that his first thought was "Gosh, what is this thing?"

Jerry Weisenfluh, associate director of the Kentucky Geological Survey in Lexington, said a fossil this large is rare. It's now on display in the lobby of UK's Mines and Minerals building.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/11/jay-wright-sha...
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northoftheborder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:33 PM
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1. What irony this is.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:50 PM
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2. I love the beauty of this irony.
Fundie heads are exploding; how to explain?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:54 PM
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3. Since HuffPost did not have a picture of the fossil, here it is


Those are some serious teeth!
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theophilus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:56 PM
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4. Huh. Anyway, here is a link that talks about the weird critter.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edestus

However, sharks are cartilaginous...no "bones". The article says the genus is known only from teeth. If the teeth are in a cartilaginous jaw then this is a rare find indeed.
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