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Old 10th April 2019, 05:25 AM   #1
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Prehistoric Invertebrate Named After Cthulhu

Scientists have unveiled the fossil remains of a newly discovered invertebrate that had 45 tentacles and lived 430 million years ago. They've named it Sollasina cthulhu.

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On Wednesday, an international team of researchers unveiled the fossilized remains of an ancient relative of the sea cucumber. It had 45 tentacles and lurked at the bottom of the seas some 430 million years ago.

They’ve dubbed it Sollasina cthulhu, after the tentacled Great Old One of H.P. Lovecraft’s weird tales, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B said.

I love it when scientists are willing to make references like that.
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Old 10th April 2019, 05:29 AM   #2
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not enough tentacles...
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Reminds me of the Sonic Hedgehog gene. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_hedgehog
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Old 10th April 2019, 06:23 AM   #4
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Do we have any information on how rugose and/or squamous it was?

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Old 10th April 2019, 06:44 AM   #5
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Do we have any information on how rugose and/or squamous it was?

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According to the article, its tentacles were armor-plated.

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“The tube feet of living echinoderms are naked, but in the ophiocistioids they were plated,” Yale paleontologist Derek Briggs, a co-author of the study, said in a news release.
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