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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:38 PM

Scientists Discover Ancient 'Cthulhu' Fossil That Will Give You Nightmares

It’s a real-life version of one of the most feared monsters in horror fiction... only smaller. A lot smaller.

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.

Unlike the massive Cthulhu of fiction, the creature unveiled by scientists this week was quite tiny, with the fossil measuring just about an inch across.

However, the researchers said those 45 “tube feet” extended out in every direction and would make it seem much larger as it sat on the ocean floor, perhaps waiting and dreaming.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/scientists-discover-ancient-cthulhu-fossil-that-will-give-you-nightmares/ar-BBVNcgE?li=BBnb7Kz

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 14 OP
Hekate Apr 14 #1
qazplm135 Apr 14 #2
Codeine Apr 14 #3
Ms. Toad Apr 14 #4
Laffy Kat Apr 14 #5
jmowreader Apr 14 #6
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:46 PM

1. Kick!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:50 PM

2. Baby Cthulhu

just add water!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:56 PM

3. "Perhaps waiting and dreaming."

Gotta love it when someone slides Deep Geekiness into a straight story.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:12 PM

4. Doesn't look much scarier than these critters



I've encountered them in real life - they are really fast.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:43 PM

5. They can re-grow an entire new organism from a detached arm?

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 10:11 PM

6. All sea stars can

They found this out by accident: fishermen used to "kill" sea stars by cutting them in half and throwing the pieces back in the ocean. Because sea stars can regenerate, they had twice as many of them as before.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:04 PM

7. If I ever knew this, I had forgotten.

Thanks for posting.

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