Did you know that because shark bones rarely fossilize, we instead use their teeth to get a better understanding of their history? According to DNA studies, the ancestor of the hammerhead lived during the Miocene epoch. Scientists believe that the original hammerhead shark that lived 20 million years ago had a much larger head, and closely resembled the current winghead shark species.
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NAME: Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran) CLASS: Chondrichthyes ORDER: Carcharhiniformes FAMILY: Sphyrnidae LENGTH: 15 ft WEIGHT: 1200 lbs HABITAT: Coastal waters of tropical seas SCALE: 1:20 A hammer-shaped head may help this shark hunt. What??s the reason for the hammerhead??s T-shaped head? Some think it acts like an airplane??s wing to provide lift and help the shark swim. Others think the hammer helps the shark find food. It??s lined with sense organs that help the hammerhead track down fish and other prey.