Giant fossil squid gladius found!

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  1. Phil

    Phil Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Hot news just in!

    Attached is a picture of Apriloteuthis giganteus that I have just received from a worker on the excavation site. I am not at liberty to divulge more at this time, save to say the location is Australia and the squid gladius is thought to be 25 meters or so long.

    It is quite likely that this gigantic late Cretaceous cephalopod fed on marine reptiles and could spray gallons of ink at a time.
     

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    5 point penalty for not using the London bus icon.
     
  3. Phil

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    Do I get my points back now Monty?
     

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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Oh, I suppose. Isn't "kraken" supposed to be so-called because it resembles a giant uprooted tree?

    say, did any of you know that if you type "current time in London" into the google search box, it tells you what time it is in the UK. Who'd'a thunk?
     
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    At least it's not drawn with crayons.
     
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    Wow! those Belemnites got as big as trees! :grin:
     
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    Wow!
     
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    I hear ya.

    Apriloteuthis! Good one. :lol:
     
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    Some of us are just a little slow ... Tony has the best cure I suspect.
     
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    Yay! Can't wait to see more.
     
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    In my sleep deprived state, I believed Phil... I wish I could go back to bed. :sleeping:
     
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    Sequoiateuthis, giant of the Cretaceous seas :wink:
     
  14. Danno

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    Aw wait a minute, this isn't some April fools joke is it? The timing and all.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Well, it's a fossil, so it must have been around sometime before April 1st, right? Unless it's a relatively recent fossil. Of course, it could have formed on an April 1st sometime during the cretaceous. If only we had more accurate dating methods...
     
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    so does this mean that it is possible that there is a 100 ft long humbolt squid lurking around?
     
  17. Phil

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    Good point Monty, sir. I believe a detailed examination the specimen and radio-isotope dating via uranium decay and associated ammonite inclusions indicated that it died on April 1st 86,546,937BC.

    Alternatively, it could died on April 1st 4004BC, speaking of joke dating...:mrgreen:

    Most certainly. You should see its mother.
     
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    :roflmao:
     

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