I actually wrote about sharks in the Arizona desert a few years ago and now I want to post that writing here…..
From 2013 (see link below): Flagstaff and the surrounding area actually once had sharks of their own known as Diablodontus. About 270 mya this area was under water and today the landscape is very different indeed. Actually several new species of prehistoric sharks were found in the region.
The three species of sharks range in size from small to very large but all were toothy and ate other sharks, apparently. So it appears Arizona was once home to a variety of prehistoric sharks and their fossilized remains can be found in the deserts of Arizona and just about everywhere else in fact.
Arizona was once covered by a rather shallow warm sea around 270 mya but today the area is a high plateau. During this time sharks appear to have been the apex predators and they were obviously very numerous and not at all rare. In time the sharks disappeared and their niche was filled by whales and dolphins!
So the next time you’re out and about you might want to keep an eye out for shark teeth and/or fossil remains!! And should you find one let me know and send a pic and I’ll post it here with your name 🙂
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