Leptoteuthis gigas with perfect soft part preservation

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  1. Sordes

    Sordes Wonderpus Registered

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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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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    WOW!
     
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    Very cool fossil! I can't tell if those are hooks or suckers on the arms, they look too thick to be hooks, and too thin to be suckers, maybe something totally novel. :grin:
     
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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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    I would really love to make a life-sized reconstruction of this fantastic animal. Perhaps anytime.
     
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    Looks like a coleoid.

    It's possible to have stalked suckers. Cirroteuthids have them.
     

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