Days of octos past

I got nothing to add to this, except, “Wow.” Also, “wow.”

via P. Z. Myers, newly-discovered 95 million-year-old cephalopod fossils that are amazing. Look at the preservation of the dimensions and details of thesoft tissues, tentacle, suckers, and even the leaked ink.

via Pharyngula

5 thoughts on “Days of octos past

  1. MapleStreet says:

    WOW !
    I’m a little confused though as squids and octopi are almost all soft tissue – making the imprint even more amazing.

  2. Elspeth R says:

    Ooh! That makes my inner-paleontologist giddy! 🙂 (srsly!)

  3. Maitri says:

    Mesozoic cephalopods with such preservation. Awesome. Geology rocks!

  4. pansypoo says:

    i love finding ‘things’ in rocks. most awesome ‘rummage sale’ as the museum here. i got 10 little slabs of rock with minnows embedded. great xmas presents and i get to keep most of them! i also got a piece of fossilized bone. so when i stumbled into a new york shop of fancy schmancy fossils and stones i could laugh at the prices. but i did get 2 crystal formations on sale. of course then i get a block of small citrine crystals for 50¢. and the rutilated quartz.
    but BUT i want to go to the beach where my cousin + 1st wife found all the fossil shark teeth.

  5. virgotex says:

    the area where I live was millions of years ago under a huge sea. Fossils are very common, especially in a lot of the creeks, where fossilized shells are everywehre.
    But nothing like this. This is spectacular.

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