The 300 million-year-old “Godzilla shark”, identified as a new species, has been given a new name

A 300-year-old cousin of sharks, nicknamed the Godzilla shark after its discovery in 2013, was finally given its own name after being classified as its own species.

Paleontologists have found an unusually complete and well-preserved fossilized skeleton of an ancient shark 6.7 feet (2 meters) long at a private site in the Manzano Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The outstanding features of the skeleton include 12 rows of piercing teeth set in robust, powerful jaws and a pair of barbed legs 0.8 m long (0.8 m) on the back.