Prehistoric Shark Remains Found Near Lake Titicaca

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400 million-year-old shark remains were discovered by students from the University of Puno near Lake Titicaca.

Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced an exciting new discovery from the highest large lake in the world.

A recent dig has unearthed 400 million-year-old shark remains at a paleontological site known as Imarrucos just northwest of Lake Titicaca, El Comercio reports.  The excavation was led by students from the University of Puno.

The site is so important that Peruvian representatives of the Ministry of Culture are initiating the process to convert it into an official Cultural Heritage Site.  This would allow the Ministry of Culture to exercise legal protection as well as promote further studies.

This ancient vertebrate existed during the Devonian period and has been dubbed “the Pucapampella shark”.

We look forward to more findings in the future here at Living in Peru.  What do you think about the discovery?



Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.