Yezoteuthis: a new giant squid fossil from Japan

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ob said:
It wouldn't be the first time that different fossil finds, placed in different species, turned out with hindsight to be one and the same, ask apatosaurus, anomalocaris, even T-rex.

I predict that soon, it will be revealed that in fact, apatosaurus, anomalocaris, and T-Rex fossils all in fact do belong to the same animal, a prehistoric squid :lol:
 

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Dang Snafflehound, my "grand unified species theory" paper's still under review, don't you go blow the whistle like that! :wink:
 

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And here it is, the beak of Yezoteuthis.

The image was obtained from this page. Automatic translation was too poor to be worth including here I'm afraid.
 

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Amazing pictures of the beak! I can't believe how identical it looks like to modern squid beaks, given how long ago the thing lived! Something to be said for evolutionary conservation. Very cool!

Cheers!
 

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Some very nice pictures of the beak of Yezoteuthis are now online here. Click 'next' for some interesting diagrams of ammonoid jaws compared to recent cephalopods.
 
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