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Man finds rare set of teeth from prehistoric ‘mega shark’ at Jan Juc

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A rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Victoria’s coastline.

The chance discovery of more than 40 teeth from a Carcharocles angustidens shark that lived 25 million years ago has excited palaeontologists because it’s the first time a set of the seven centimetre-long serrated chompers have been found in Australia.

While many individual teeth from this species of mega-toothed shark and its ancient relatives have been found around the world, only two other sets have previously been unearthed in New Zealand and Belgium.

School teacher Philip Mullaly discovered a rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark near Torquay, Victoria two years ago

School teacher Philip Mullaly discovered a rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark near Torquay, Victoria two years ago

School teacher Philip Mullaly discovered a rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark near Torquay, Victoria two years ago

Amateur fossil finder and school teacher Philip Mullaly initially discovered about eight teeth sticking out of a boulder at Jan Juc, near Torquay, about two years ago and contacted Museums Victoria.

Dr Erich Fitzgerald, the museum’s senior curator of vertebrate palaeontology, organised his team to undertake a dig at the site last year and uncovered more than 40 teeth and part of the shark’s backbone.

‘They are as sharp as they were the day they were being used to slice through the flesh of whales,’ he told AAP.

‘Think a steak knife. They’re sharp.’

The amateur fossil finder discovered about eight teeth sticking out of a boulder at Jan Juc in Victoria

The amateur fossil finder discovered about eight teeth sticking out of a boulder at Jan Juc in Victoria

The amateur fossil finder discovered about eight teeth sticking out of a boulder at Jan Juc in Victoria

Carcharocles angustidens grew to more than nine metres and feasted on small whales and penguins while swimming the world’s oceans between 33 and 22 million years ago.

The species was an ancient cousin of the infamous Megalodon, which at three times the size of the great white was the biggest and most ferocious shark to have ever lived before dying out about 2.6 million years ago.

Mr Mullaly, a school teacher from Geelong, was ‘blown away’ when he found the first few teeth in pristine condition.

CARCHAROCLES ANGUSTIDENS 

SIZE: Over nine metres

DIET: Apex predator who hunted penguins, fish, dolphins, and whales

ERA: During Oligocene and Miocene epochs about 33 to 22 million years ago  

‘I was in a bit of shock actually because I saw it and I thought this is looking like it’s complete, like it’s just fallen out of a shark’s mouth even though it’s 25 million years old,’ he said.

Suspecting they were a rare find, Mr Mullaly contacted Dr Fitzgerald, who he knew from previous discoveries of whale fossils.

Dr Fitzgerald said teeth and bits of vertebrae are usually the only parts of a shark’s body that are found by fossil hunters as the creature is made up mostly of cartilage, a soft tissue that doesn’t fossilise well.

Carcharocles angustidens grew to more than nine metres and feasted on small whales and penguins while swimming the world's oceans between 33 and 22 million years ago 

Carcharocles angustidens grew to more than nine metres and feasted on small whales and penguins while swimming the world's oceans between 33 and 22 million years ago 

Carcharocles angustidens grew to more than nine metres and feasted on small whales and penguins while swimming the world’s oceans between 33 and 22 million years ago 

‘So to have fossil finds like this one from Jan Juc where there are several teeth and part of a vertebra is pretty rare,’ he said.

The collection of teeth will go on public display for six months at Museums Victoria, Melbourne.

‘People can get a real sense of the past from seeing them,’ Mr Mullaly said.

‘They’re really beautiful objects.’

The rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Victoria's coastline 

The rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Victoria's coastline 

The rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Victoria’s coastline 

 

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Mollie Tibbetts: Iowa man says he may have been ‘last person to see her’

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An Iowa man who believes he may be the last person to see missing Mollie Tibbetts alive the night before she went missing has told how she jogged past his home in a neon pink sports bra and yoga pants at 8pm the night before she was reported missing.  

Devin Riley saw the 20-year-old run past his home in Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, at around 8pm, around 30 minutes after Mollie was seen running near her boyfriend’s home 0.9 miles away. 

After she was reported missing and her disappearance heavily publicized, Riley contacted police on Facebook to say he believes he was the last to see her alive. 

Riley lives with his fiancee and their two children in a house on the other edge of town from Mollie’s boyfriend’s where she was staying alone the night she went missing.

Devin Riley, 34, believes he was the last person to see Mollie Tibbetts alive on July 18 when she ran past his home at 8pm in Brooklyn, Iowa. He spoke out on Thursday (pictured) 

Devin Riley, 34, believes he was the last person to see Mollie Tibbetts alive on July 18 when she ran past his home at 8pm in Brooklyn, Iowa. He spoke out on Thursday (pictured) 

Devin Riley, 34, believes he was the last person to see Mollie Tibbetts alive on July 18 when she ran past his home at 8pm in Brooklyn, Iowa. He spoke out on Thursday (pictured) 

On Thursday, he told Good Morning America how police have since searched his home, questioned him and his co-workers. 

‘She jogged on the street, up the hill and there was just nothing of it until I heard someone was missing and then it really hit me that I haven’t seen that jogger since then.’   

 She was wearing like a neon pink sports bra with black khaki yoga pants and an armband with her music device, or phone … hair in a ponytail, just jogging like normal, any other day

‘She was wearing like a neon pink sports bra with black khaki yoga pants and an armband with her music device, or phone … hair in a ponytail, just jogging like normal, any other day.’

Riley contacted the Powoshiek County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook afterwards and soon, officers arrived at his home to carry out a search. 

‘It was pretty terrifying at the beginning because I didn’t know what was going on,’ he said. 

‘I panicked and I put my girls in the bathroom, but they were really polite … just did the walk through and were out in like 10 to 15 minutes.’

He said it was ‘gut-wrenching’ to think that something so sinister could happen in the small town where they live. 

‘It’s gut-wrenching to know I could have my daughter out here and I could go inside for a minute and she could be gone. 

‘You just don’t expect it from a town like this,’ he added.  

The above graphic illustrates the events before and after Mollie's disappearance on July 18 

The above graphic illustrates the events before and after Mollie's disappearance on July 18 

The above graphic illustrates the events before and after Mollie’s disappearance on July 18 

Riley's home is pictured. It is 0.9 miles from Mollie's boyfriend's home where she was staying overnight alone on the night she vanished 

Riley's home is pictured. It is 0.9 miles from Mollie's boyfriend's home where she was staying overnight alone on the night she vanished 

Riley’s home is pictured. It is 0.9 miles from Mollie’s boyfriend’s home where she was staying overnight alone on the night she vanished 

Mollie is seen above in what is thought to be the last video of her before she disappeared

Mollie is seen above in what is thought to be the last video of her before she disappeared

Mollie is seen above in what is thought to be the last video of her before she disappeared

Mollie is seen above in what is thought to be the last video of her before she disappeared

Mollie is seen above in what is thought to be the last video of her before she disappeared 

Officers say they have received almost 800 tips in the search for Mollie, but have turned up no concrete leads. Police after offering $313,000 – a record for the area – for any information which leads to Mollie.  

Her father Rob Tibbetts has directly appealed to her kidnapper to ‘let Mollie go’ and ‘turn yourself in.’ 

And as the search for the young woman continues, a friend shared videos of the carefree student and issued a plea for tips.

One of the clips, taken the day before she vanished according to ABC News, shows a giggling Mollie sitting cross-legged on the floor as a friend records her – while the other shows her salsa dancing in a gym. 

In the first clip, she is seen laughing as the camera zooms in before lifting a small mirror to cover her mouth then sticking her tongue out.  

Jarrett Rose shared the two clips of Mollie on Facebook, writing: ‘2 weeks since I’ve seen your smile and it feels like an eternity has passed by.  

In a second video, she is shown giggling sitting cross-legged on the floor

In a second video, she is shown giggling sitting cross-legged on the floor

In a second video, she is shown giggling sitting cross-legged on the floor

One of the clips shared by a friend shows a laughing Mollie Tibbetts salsa dancing in a gym

One of the clips shared by a friend shows a laughing Mollie Tibbetts salsa dancing in a gym

In another clip shared by friends a laughing Tibbetts is seen salsa dancing in a gym

‘Your voice echoes through my heart every day, giving me the inspiration to never give up on you. No one has, or ever will give up hope and stop searching for you! 

‘NO TIP IS INSIGNIFICANT!!! Please contact the tip lines if anyone knows anything! We WILL bring you home Mollie, and you’ll be salsa dancing in no time!’  

Meanwhile, Mollie’s father told Fox News on Tuesday that his daughter didn’t just ‘get up and walk away,’ so it’s logical to assume she has been abducted. 

He said: ‘To that person, you’re probably very afraid. This isn’t probably a situation that you anticipated. 

‘You don’t know how to extricate yourself from this but the best thing to do at this point is to put an end to it…’ 

Mollie's father Rob Tibbetts (above) believes there is someone out there with information that could help located his missing daughter

Mollie's father Rob Tibbetts (above) believes there is someone out there with information that could help located his missing daughter

Mollie’s father Rob Tibbetts (above) believes there is someone out there with information that could help located his missing daughter

‘Do not escalate this and do not miss out one more day. Let Mollie go and turn yourself in.’ 

Mollie’s father previously said he believes there is someone out there with information that could help located his missing daughter.

‘It doesn’t matter what we’re going through, we just need people to think – because somebody knows something, and they don’t even know it’s important,’ he said.

He also said on Monday night that he feels his daughter is with someone she knows who is now ‘in over their head’.

‘If someone out there is holding Mollie, and they’re in over their head and they’ve made a horrible mistake, you can end it now before it goes any further,’ he said at a press conference.

Later, he said he was encouraged by the fact they had not found her body.

‘I’ll be honest with you early on I wasn’t as hopeful as I am now.

‘The longer we go without finding Mollie’s body the more hopeful we are that she’s alive somewhere and going through something that she can survive.’ 

Mollie (pictured with her boyfriend Dalton Jack) was reported missing on July 19 when she didn't show up for work. Her boyfriend was working out of town and she was staying in his home

Mollie (pictured with her boyfriend Dalton Jack) was reported missing on July 19 when she didn't show up for work. Her boyfriend was working out of town and she was staying in his home

Mollie (pictured with her boyfriend Dalton Jack) was reported missing on July 19 when she didn’t show up for work. Her boyfriend was working out of town and she was staying in his home

But while her father is hopeful, Mollie’s mother says she is in ‘purgatory’ and is tortured by her daughter’s disappearance.

”I’m either going to be headed up to heaven or down to hell, depending on the result,’ Laura Calderwood, told DailyMail.com last week. 

Meanwhile, police say they are looking at surveillance footage from businesses along the route Mollie usually jogs.

The data from Mollie’s Fitbit, which contained GPS-enabled tracking, is also being analyzed.

But they revealed no specific details about developments in the case at a press conference on Monday.

On Monday, it was revealed that a pig farmer questioned by FBI agents over the disappearance had refused to take a polygraph test.

Wayne Cheney, 56, who lives in a trailer in Guernsey around 10 miles from Brooklyn, appeared on the radar of authorities after a red shirt similar to Mollie’s daycare center uniform was found in a field near his home.

However, it is not clear if it the shirt actually belonged to Mollie or not.

Cheney, who has previous convictions for stalking an ex-girlfriend, has spoken three times to police.

He has also given interviews where he laughs nervously and says he had no idea where Mollie is, but suspects ‘some guy has her’.

When the FBI asked him to take a polygraph test, he refused. ‘I don’t need to. It’s stupid,’ he told The Des Moines Register on Monday. He has allowed police to search his home and land, saying he had ‘nothing to hide.’ 

Wayne Cheney (pictured) has been questioned about Mollie's disappearance, but refused to take a polygraph test

Wayne Cheney (pictured) has been questioned about Mollie's disappearance, but refused to take a polygraph test

Wayne Cheney (pictured) has been questioned about Mollie’s disappearance, but refused to take a polygraph test

Mollie was staying overnight at her boyfriend Dalton Jack’s home with his dogs when she vanished.

Dalton was ruled out early on as a suspect because he was working 130 miles away in Dubuque at the time.

His brother and his brother’s fiancée who also live in the home were also cleared because they had alibis.

Meanwhile, the reward fund for information on Mollie’s disappearance has now exceeded $300,000.

Greg Willey, spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa, says the Mollie Tibbetts reward fund has reached $301,363, which is a record for the organization that was incorporated in 1982.

Willey says donations have come from more than 180 individuals and businesses from across the country.

Officers from the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies are working to find her.

She was last seen jogging in her home town of Brooklyn, which has a population of 1,400, and is located around 70 miles east of Des Moines.

On Sunday, a body of a young woman was found in rural Lee County near West Point in southeast Iowa, around 87 miles from where Mollie was last seen.

But authorities later said the body was not Mollie.

Special Agent Rick Rahn, of the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division, said on Monday that investigators identified the body as that of another 20-year-old woman, Sadie Alvarado, who lived in Muscatine.

Rahn says a 28-year-old man has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in connection to Alvarado’s death.

 

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Massachusetts man, 33, is arrested for tweet offering $500 to anyone willing to kill an ICE agent

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Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday for a tweet in which he offered to pay $500 to anyone willing to kill an ICE agent

Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday for a tweet in which he offered to pay $500 to anyone willing to kill an ICE agent

Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday for a tweet in which he offered to pay $500 to anyone willing to kill an ICE agent

A Massachusetts man has been arrested for offering on social media to pay $500 to anyone who would kill an ICE agent. 

Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, had posted the offer on Twitter last month, telling his more than 400 followers: ‘I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ICE agent.’

He also responded to a tweet about ICE officers putting their ‘lives on the line’ to make arrests by saying: ‘Thank you ICE for putting your lives on the line and hopefully dying I guess so there’s less of you?’ according to court documents. 

Law enforcement officials said they hope the arrest of Ziobrowski on Thursday I don’sends the message that they will not tolerate what they described as a ‘rising tide’ in threats against federal immigration officers and others ‘under the guise of political debate’. 

Ziobrowski allegedly shared the inflammatory tweet above with his 400 followers last month

Ziobrowski allegedly shared the inflammatory tweet above with his 400 followers last month

Ziobrowski allegedly shared the inflammatory tweet above with his 400 followers last month

‘The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,’ US Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters Thursday. 

‘Those who disagree with their mission are of course free to say so. But there is a difference between public debate and intentionally putting others in fear of their lives,’ he said.

Ziobrowski, of Cambridge, is charged with using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person. 

He was arrested in New York, where he was visiting a friend. He is expected to make an appearance there Thursday before being transported back to Massachusetts.

It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer. No number for him was listed in public directories.

Twitter suspended his account after it was alerted to the threat about the ICE agents, court documents indicate.

Investigators have said they found several tweets expressing 'anti-US sentiments' on Ziobrowski's now-suspended account

Investigators have said they found several tweets expressing 'anti-US sentiments' on Ziobrowski's now-suspended account

Investigators have said they found several tweets expressing ‘anti-US sentiments’ on Ziobrowski’s now-suspended account

‘People who try to politicize our mission are within the legal right to freedom of speech,’ said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston. 

‘But when freedom of speech crosses a line into threats or offers to have federal law enforcement officers killed, we will never tolerate that,’ he said.

Investigators found that Ziobrowski’s Twitter showed multiple expressions of ‘extreme anti-US sentiments along with violent rhetoric regarding guns and numerous references to extreme communist, socialist and anarchist’ views, according to FBI special agent Harold H Shaw. 

The 33-year-old had also allegedly tweeted about his desire to kill Arizona Sen John McCain, and said guns ‘should only be legal for shooting the police like the second amendment intended,’ according to prosecutors.

‘We look to hold those accountable who are behind any threats of violence including those who try to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet,’ Shaw said.

He added that fatal shootings of law enforcement officers are on the rise, saying of the threats: ‘Enough is enough’. 

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Cheeky monkey: Baboon pulls a face as it sits on safari jeep

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Cheeky monkey: Bold baboon pulls a face as it hitches a ride on safari jeep

  • Boisterous baboon pulled hilarious faces at tourists after climbing on top of jeep
  • Hilarious encounter happened in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania
  • Safari guide Elisha Issanja, 34, couldn’t resist capturing the moment on camera

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A cheeky monkey has been pictured blowing raspberries at tourists through a safari jeep window.

Guide Elisha Issanja, 34, was driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania with a car full of tourists when her vehicle was surrounded by a troop of baboons.

One of the primates then jumped on the jeep, squished his face against the window and starting pulling hilarious faces.

A boisterous baboon blew raspberries at tourists on a safari tour in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania

A boisterous baboon blew raspberries at tourists on a safari tour in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania

A boisterous baboon blew raspberries at tourists on a safari tour in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania

The boisterous baboon was pictured showing off his teeth while balancing on the drivers’ wing mirror. 

With one hand he dangled from the jeep as it made its way around the park.

The primate stayed put long enough for the Miss Issanja to get her phone out and capture the encounter.

Safari guide Elisha Issanja, 34, was driving a jeep full of tourists around the park at the time

Safari guide Elisha Issanja, 34, was driving a jeep full of tourists around the park at the time

Safari guide Elisha Issanja, 34, was driving a jeep full of tourists around the park at the time

Ms Issanja said: ‘We were driving in Ngorongoro and we stopped somewhere on the road watching a troop of baboons.

‘Then after a little while one of them jumped on my car and started looking at us closely through the window.

‘Animals want to know who we are as much as we want to know them.’

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