There’s a rare find that’s been first unearthed on the Jurassic coast of the southern England back in the 19th century in which experts found the oldest known squid-like animal in the world.
It was found with its prey still lodged in its mouth. This extremely interesting fossilized specimen has been sheltered inside the collections of the British Geological Survey in Nottingham, U.K., and it dates back nearly 200 million years to the beginning of the Jurassic period.
According to the latest reports coming from the Syfy.com, during a fresh inspection of the fossil, experts have reported that it seems to reveal that there’s a creature that they have correctly identified as Clarkeiteuthis montefiorei — with a herring-type fish (Dorsetichthys bechei) stuck in its jaws.
The discovery has been dated by experts back to the Sinemurian age which is about 190-199 million years ago.
An Extraordinary and Rare Finding — 200-Million-Year-Old Mind-Blowing Predatory Squid
It’s also important to note the fact that there’s a closeup image that shows the damaged head and body of the Dorsetichthys bechei (right) with the arms of the Clarkeiteuthis montefiorei (left) locked around it.
These amazing fossils have been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.
“Since the 19th century, the Blue Lias and Charmouth Mudstone formations of the Dorset coast have provided large numbers of important body fossils that inform our knowledge of coleoid paleontology,” according to the lead author Professor Malcolm Hart, Emeritus Professor in Plymouth.
hart continued and explained that “In many of these mudstones, specimens of palaeobiological significance have been found, especially those with the arms and hooks with which the living animals caught their prey.”
Hart continued and said that this is an unusual and even extraordinary fossil because such predation events are rarely found in the geological records.
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