'Cthulhu' fossil reconstruction reveals monstrous relative of modern sea cucumbers

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 07:50 in Paleontology & Archaeology

An exceptionally preserved fossil from Herefordshire in the UK has given new insights into the early evolution of sea cucumbers. Paleontologists from the UK and USA created a 3D computer reconstruction of the 430-million-year-old fossil and identified it as a new species. They named it Sollasina cthulhu due to its resemblance to monsters from the Cthulhu universe created by author H.P. Lovecraft.

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