Strange Science: Ancient Fossil Named after Cthulhu

Tentacles of a baby octopusWe always thought Cthulhu was just something H. P. Lovecraft made up. But in April, scientists found a fossilized critter that could have been the inspiration!

The Sollasina cthulhu is an ancient (430 million years ago!) relative of the sea cucumber with 45 tentacles that stretched out in all directions. And yes, the scientists chose the name based on the Lovecraftian Great Old One.

Of course, the fossilized remains are only about an inch across, making this sea creature on the smaller side of things. That doesn’t necessarily lessen the nightmare fuel, though!

You can read more about it here!

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