The great white shark, a top predator in the Marine ecosystem is known to be an infamous shark. The very slow growth, late reproduction with only few offspring, and anthropogenic reasons are known to make it threatened with extinction. An international research team discoverd the first fossil nursery area of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias in Chile. This discovery provides a better understanding of the evolutionary success of the largest top predator in today’s oceans in the past and could contribute to the protection of these endangered animals.
If we understand the past, it will enable us to take appropriate protective measures today to ensure the survival of this top predator, which is of utmost importance for ecosystems,” explains palaeobiologist Jürgen Kriwet.
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