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The skinny: Prehistoric shark teeth for auction in Dallas

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shark teeth auction a real jaw-dropper

An unprecedented collection of 182 ferocious prehistoric shark teeth, assembled on gaping jaws large enough to swallow several humans whole, is set to be auctioned in Texas. The teeth are those of the ancient Megalodon, a massive killer shark whose name literally means "big tooth" in Greek. The predators trolled warm ocean waters 1.5 million to 25 million years ago, growing longer than the size of one or possibly two city buses and eating whales and dolphins. Each tooth was collected by amateur fossil hunter Vito Bertucci, who spent nearly two decades plucking Megalodon teeth from the shores of South Carolina and Georgia before he was killed in a 2004 diving accident. He was 47. The 9-by-11-foot jaws being sold in June by Heritage Auctions in Dallas — starting bid $625,000 — are the biggest of several jaws Bertucci made with the Megalodon teeth. It is billed by Heritage as "the largest set of prehistoric shark jaws ever assembled."

play is real

Good night, stunned prince

An audience watching an Irish production of Hamlet was shocked to see the prince exit the stage too soon — when a sword fight really wounded the star. Conor Madden, playing the title character of Shakespeare's tragedy, suffered a gash beneath his eye and collapsed at Monday's production in the southwest city of Cork. He was hospitalized but released. Many playgoers thought the wound was part of the act. Artistic director Alan Stanford took the stage to say that the blood and moans were real and that Hamlet couldn't continue without the prince.

return to sender

WWII machine gun found in mail

Lithuanian customs and postal officials found a fully functional machine gun dating from World War II, complete with ammunition, in a package at Vilnius International Airport. The German-made MG-42 machine gun was found after scanning a suspicious 44-pound package posted in Lithuania and bound for Germany. More than 65 years after the war, Lithuania and other East European countries continue to uncover large amounts of weaponry and unexploded ordnance.

modern history

Civil War life retold via Twitter

A historian with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is telling the story of the Civil War, 140 characters at a time. LeRae Umfleet is using a Twitter account to tell the story of North Carolina civilians, using their words to describe the struggle. She is starting with passages from 1861, and will continue through the 150th anniversary of the conflict. A blog that goes along with the account has the full citation for each message. Her account is twitter.com/civilianwartime.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Prehistoric shark teeth for auction in Dallas 03/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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