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Cthulhu-like Fossils Rise from the Depths

Scientists have recently named a new species whose fossils they just discovered which they say are related to living cucumbers. They named it Sollasina cthulhu after H.P. Lovecraft's fictional sea monster.

The new cthulhu, Sollasina, had 45 tentacle-like tube feet, which it used to crawl along the ocean floor and capture food. The creature was small, about the size of a large spider. It was found in the Herefordshire Lagerst├Ątte in the United Kingdom, a site that has proven to be a trove of fossilized ancient sea animals.

(Image credit: Elissa Martin/Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)


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