Carcharodon hubbelli

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Carcharodon hubbelli
Temporal range: Late Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Selachimorpha
Order: Lamniformes
Family: Lamnidae
Genus: Carcharodon
Species: C. hubbelli
Binomial name
Carcharodon hubbelli
Ehret et al., 2012

Carcharodon hubbelli is an extinct species of shark known from fossils found in the Pisco Formation in south-west Peru. The shark is a transitional species, showing intermediate features between present-day great white sharks and smaller, prehistoric mako sharks.[1][2]

This shark was named in honour of Gordon Hubbell (the scientist who recovered the specimen from a farmer who found it in 1988)[3] in recognition of his contribution to shark palaeontology.[2]


  1. ^ Nick Crumpton (14 November 2012). "Great whites not evolved from megashark'". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Dana J. Ehret; Bruce J. Macfadden; Douglas S. Jones; Thomas J. Devries; David A. Foster; Rodolfo Salas-Gismondi (2012). "Origin of the white shark Carcharodon (Lamniformes: Lamnidae) based on recalibration of the Upper Neogene Pisco Formation of Peru". Palaeontology. 55 (6): 1139–1153. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01201.x. 
  3. ^ "New ancient shark species gives insight into origin of great white". University of Florida News. 2012-11-14. Archived from the original on 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-28.