Jacksboro "Supershark" Fossils Found at Lost Creek Reservoir

Jacksboro "Supershark" Fossils Found at Lost Creek Reservoir

Jacksboro is the county seat of Jack County, and home of the Tigers.

But a long time ago, Jacksboro was the home of a "supershark." 

"{The shark} from a totally extinct family, there's nothing alive today that's terribly close," explained renowned paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker.

"It so cool to have a 27 foot shark roaming our cold age waters."

The fossils of the "supershark were found at the Lost Creek Reservoir four years ago in Jacksboro, by two amateur paleontologists from Dallas.
Three hundred million years ago, when the shark was alive, everything in Texas was covered by water, and was part of the Western Interior Seaway.

Because of the findings, which were presented at a Paleontology Conference in Dallas last week, scientists now know sharks are at least 170 million years older than previously thought. The fossils are of the shark's brain cases and teeth.

Bakker explained the differences between the 27 foot long "supershark" and today's smaller great white.

"Imagine the typical shark today, the white shark. It has two dorsal fins in the back. Now take those two fins, and give each one a gigantic saw edge bone spike in the front, and you've got these ancient Paleozoic spike sharks." 

The "supershark" is not the biggest shark fossil ever found. That title goes to the Shark Week Favorite, Megalodon, measuring around 60 feet long.  When Bakker saw the findings last week on the "supershark," he nearly fell over.

There's a theory that evolution comes in waves, according to Bakker, and among the rarest of new species are super apex predators in the ocean like the super shark.

Even so, given the right conditions, these prehistoric predators, could roam the seas again.

"There may be forces in nature that produce super giant sharks, given enough time," Bakker hypothesized.

Unfortunately if you want to see these fossils, they are no longer in Texas. They were donated to the American Museum of National History in New York, where much of the studies on the fossils was completed.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6