Ancient ‘Vampire’ Cephalopod From 330 Million Years Ago Is a First of Its Kind

An exceptional fossil unearthed in Montana has given us the earliest known ancestor of vampire squids and octopuses. The cephalopod, belonging to the vampyropod or octopodiform¬†superorder, pushes back the age of the group by about 82 million years. ¬† This challenges our understanding that octopuses evolved from a Triassic ancestor. Fascinatingly, it has not eight, … Read more