500 million years of cephalopod fossils
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Where did squishy squids and their squirty squad come from?
A parade of strange shells and the occasional fossil of fleshy bits help reveal the unlikely history of the cephalopods.

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From Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to Disney’s Ursula and Nintendo’s Splatoon, squid and their squad continue to captivate people throughout the ages. They’re survivors, both in nature and in human consciousness. Over the course of 500 million years of their history, cephalopods have left us plenty of traces of their presence.

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500 million years of cephalopod fossils
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Scientific illustration of fossil cephalopods: squid, octopus, ammonites, and many others.
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