Paleontologists Discover Ancestral Vampire Squid, and Name It After Biden

The fossil vampire squid, which is neither a squid nor a parasite, kicks back the split between octopuses, cuttlefish and squids by as much as 400 million years

Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster

One day in the Carboniferous era, a proto-octopus passed away. Now found by paleontologists in Montana 330 million years later, the long-departed cephalopod casts new light on the mysterious rise of the captivating molluscan group that includes octopuses, squids, cuttlefish and nautilus.

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