Continuing on with my 2016 visit to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, I should mention what drew me there in the first place. I was in the midst of a two week/3,000 mile southwest road trip and looking for things to do while passing through Albuquerque. What caught my attention was the museum featuring the traveling exhibit, “Buzzsaw Sharks from Long Ago” featuring one of the strangest members of the shark family tree, Helicoprions. These fish are notable for their unusual mouths with spiral clusters of teeth called “whorls.” For this reason, the extinct family of fish is commonly referred to as “buzzsaw sharks.”
Along with actual fossils, the exhibit also featured some neat life-size sculptures and vibrant paintings from the artist, Ray Troll.
The exhibit is currently in Austin, Texas but just might eventually its way to a museum near you. If it does, be sure to give it a “whorl!” (see what I did there?).