1. Fossil Octopuses

    Fossil Octopuses

    Note: Phil welcomes discussion on this article in the Cephalopod Fossils forum. Fossil Octopuses Fossils of octopuses are by far the most enigmatic and mysterious of all the ancient groups of cephalopods. Due to their delicate structure fossils of these animals are exceptionally rare, as the...
  2. tonmo

    Soft body parts

    Imagine the insights we could glean if we could cull this from fossil cephalopods! 80-million-year-old dinosaur collagen confirmed
  3. Hajar


    Here's a fine little octopus from the Lebanese Cretaceous, roughly 5 cm across (armspan). Mouth, ink sack and other internal features are visible, but I can't make out stylets or gladius yet. I'll make some close-up images later.
  4. Hajar

    Soft-part preservation in ammonoids

    What are the best examples of soft-part preservation in ammonoids? The attached 11 cm Late Jurassic ammonite from Solnhofen has some suggestive structures in its body chamber. I found the attached image of a 49 mm Allocrioceras with probable stomach contents (thought to be remains of...
  5. N

    soft body ammonite fossils -- dogs that didn't bark?

    Folks, Mention of the Hollingsworth fossil was interesting, I saw the specimen once or twice while helping one of the collectors try to image and interpret the thing. It is very strange, and at best it seems to have something in the body chamber but I wouldn't say for certain it was an...