Researchers name prehistoric shark after LSU museum official retires


Researchers named a prehistoric shark, Carcharhinus tingae, after a retired official from the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences, The Associated Press reported.

David Cicimurri of South Carolina State and Jun Ebersole of the McWane Science Center named the shark in honor of Suyin Ting, who was collections manager for vertebrate paleontology at LSU for 26 years.

Carcharhinus tingae lived over 40 million years ago and was identified from fossilized teeth in the museum’s collection, the AP reported.

In a statement, Ting praised Cicimurri and Ebersole’s contribution to the museum’s vertebrate paleontology collection, and said she was honored that they named their most recent find in her honor.

“I am very honored to be recognized by my peers for my work,” Ting said in a press release.

Cicimurri and Ebersole spent two days at the museum last year photographing specimens and gathering information, according to the AP.

The researchers were able to identify much of the material after spending months studying the teeth and comparing them to those of other fossils and modern sharks.

“We were able to determine that the fossil species was closely related to modern requiem sharks, so we used jaws of modern species to reconstruct the arrangement of teeth in the mouths of extinct species,” Cicimurri said in a statement.

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