A 19th-century fossil is now being preserved in a British Geological Survey collection in Nottingham,media CNET reported. A team of researchers recently conducted a completely new analysis of what the fossils display. The team identified the two animals as The squid-like Clarkeititeuthisfiorei and the dorsetichthys bechei, similar to the herring.
Fossils show that the “squid” in the fossil appears to have captured the fish by opening its wrists and breaking its skull. The scientists’ analysis has been accepted and published in the journal Geologists’ Collection of Papers.
Paleontologists have also found fossils of other predators from the same region. “However, this is one of the most unusual fossils, as predatory events are only occasionally found in geological records,” said lead author Malcolm Hart, an emeritus professor at the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hart described the preserved scene as a “particularly violent attack.”
The researchers provide dismayed some possible storylines. The fish may be trapped in the mouth of the squid, ensuring the destruction of both sides. Another possibility is that the squid swims deep under the sea with its prey until it accidentally suffocates in low-oxygen water.