Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Extremely rare find: Octopus fossils

European scientists digging in Lebanon uncovered five fossilized octopi in a chunk of limestone. (Eurekalert) Yeah, so what? Well, prior to this discover there was only a handful of octopi fossils in existence. In fact, of the 200-300 known species of octopi, just one species has a fossil record. Crazy.

Typically, an octopus (composed mostly of muscle and skin) decomposes or is devoured by scavengers within a few days after death.

Fascinating, "one of the fossils is almost indistinguishable from living species." Barely evolving over ninety five million years? Remarkable.

That image of the fossil almost looks like a cave drawing, yeah?

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