Leptoteuthis gigas with perfect soft part preservation

Sordes

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Here are some photos of a wonderful specimen of Leptoteuthis gigas from the paleontological museum at Tübingen. It is around 151 Mio years old and was found at Nusplingen, Germany. The size is quite impressive, it´s about as big as a medium-sized Dosidicus gigas, only with shorter arms.
 

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WOW!
 

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This "structures" look indeed very unusual, a bit like the polyp-tentacles seen in some sea anemones. I don´t think they are hooks, as they are not only too thick but also completely lack any pointed tip.
 

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Amazing stuff here Sordes, your new posts have prompted me to go back and read your old threads, you really shouldn't stay away for so long! :smile:
 

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I wonder with the short arms and their odd appendages if it was primarily a plankton eater.
 

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The "noodly appendages" also have some similarity with extant squid's trabeculae, such as seen in Dosidicus or Thysanoteuthis
 

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