The First Cenozoic Record of a Fossil Megamouth Shark from Asia
Published in July 2015
The First Cenozoic Record of a Fossil Megamouth Shark (Lamniformes, Megachasmidae) from Asia
Taketeru Tomita, Kiyoko Yokoyama
The megamouth shark (Lamniformes, Megachasmidae) is one of four extant planktivorous elasmobranch lineages, but its fossil record is quite limited. In the present study, we report a new discovery of a rare megachasmid shark fossil from the late Miocene—early Pleistocene interval of Okinawa Island, Japan. To date, this specimen represents the only reliable record of a megachasmid fossil from Asia.
Paleontological Research 19(3):204-207. DOI: 10.2517/2015PR004