Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rare Fossil Octopuses Found

No relation to modern day congress critters.

Just kidding.

It's an extremely rare & fascinating find - three new fossilized octopus species.

"What most surprised (Dirk) Fuchs (of the Freie University Berlin) and his colleagues Giacomo Bracchi and Robert Weis was how similar the specimens are to modern octopus. "These things are 95 million years old, yet one of the fossils is almost indistinguishable from living species," Fuchs said."

Hmm. The coelacanth had a similar tale to tell: 95 million years with little or no evolutionary change. That just nailed the validity of the theory for me. How about you?
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