Rare Octopuses Fossil Found

Rare octopuses fossil found

Rare octopuses fossil found

It’s hard enough to find fossils of hard things like dinosaur bones. Now scientists have found evidence of 95 million-year-old octopuses, among the rarest and unlikeliest of fossils, complete with ink and suckers.

The body of an octopus is composed almost entirely of muscle and skin. When an octopus dies, it quickly decays and liquefies into a slimy blob. After just a few days there will be nothing left at all.

The result is that preservation of an octopus as a fossil is about as unlikely as finding a fossil sneeze, and none of the 200 to 300 species of octopus known today had ever been found in fossilized form.

Source: msnbc

External Links:
Rare Octopus Fossil Found – National Geographic

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  1. Dayle Hodgson April 12, 2013

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