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Where to see the Shark

Our aim is to have the story of the discovery of the most complete skeleton of the Stethacanthidae Family (to date) with the scientific name of Akmonistion Zangerli (but popularly known as the Bearsden Shark), to be read by people interested in the shark fossil found in Bearsden.


The original fossil is displayed in the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow University.


A small number of plaster cast copies were made from the original fossil and one of the copies has been donated to the Bearsden Shark Group by Dr Neil Clark, Curator of Palaeontology, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow. It is now loaned to East Dunbartonshire Council and on permanent display in the library space within the Bearsden Hub and can be seen by visitors, together with information on both reading material and video, the latter which can be viewed by request.


We want to thank Dr Clark for donating the plaster cast copy of the Shark fossil as we understand that no further copies will be taken due to risk of damage to the original fossil. To enable public display of our copy, it is set in a glass fronted deep frame. Before having the copy cast enclosed in the frame, we commissioned a professional painter, with experience of work with fossils, to enhance the background making the outline of the fossil easier to identify.


Free copies of our shark leaflet are available at the Bearsden Hub. Copies of the 20-page shark booklet, which is a source of comprehensive information on the Bearsden shark can be purchased at a low price.


The site of the discovery of the Bearsden Shark fossil is marked by lettering inserted in the railing in the Manse Burn crossing [between South Baljaffray and Bonnaughton housing estates] and a cairn displaying an information board.


Visitors to the site should be aware that this area has a protected designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


In Edinburgh, a Bearsden Shark sign hangs outside Mr Wood’s Fossil Shop

[5 Cowgatehead EH1 1JY]




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